According to the New York Times, new information reveals that CIA Director Mike Pompeo allowed disgraced national security adviser Mike Flynn into sensitive and classified intelligence briefings despite multiple intelligence agencies warning him that Flynn was a security risk.
“At the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence,” the report states, “career officials agreed that Mr. Flynn represented an urgent problem.”
Despite that awareness, however, Pompeo “sat in the Oval Office and briefed President Trump on the nation’s most sensitive intelligence — with Mr. Flynn listening.”
It’s unclear whether or not Pompeo knew of the other intelligence agencies’ concerns about Flynn, but an anonymous administration official told the Times that the new CIA director “did not share any concerns about Mr. Flynn with the president.”
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that “either Director Pompeo had no idea what people in the C.I.A. reportedly knew about Michael Flynn, or he knew about the Justice Department’s concerns and continued to discuss America’s secrets with a man vulnerable to blackmail.”
“I believe Director Pompeo owes the public an explanation,” Wyden continued.