Former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC on Monday that he was deeply disturbed by the leaked CIA report on the Jamal Khashoggi murder, because it showed the extent of the rift between the president and the intelligence community, which doesn’t trust him to do the right thing.
“We’re living in a world where there’s no truth apparently at the White House level,” Figliuzzi said, saying the administration’s “consistent refusal to embrace the intelligence community” was an “incredibly disturbing” development. “The other thing we’re seeing that’s disturbing is a possible rift developing between the State Department and the CIA.”
Figliuzzi said that the disagreement between the two agencies about what happened to Khashoggi ‘is indicative of a problem inside the beltway within the intelligence community.”
“We’re all talking about this because a classified CIA assessment has gotten out,” Figliuzzi said, asking rhetorically why the Trump presidency is plagued by leaks. “It’s because there are people within the administration who get these reports, are worried that the president will not act on the truth and therefore feel compelled to leak it.”
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