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Watchdog report offers enemies a ‘roadmap’ of US sources and methods: Ex-intel officials

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The Justice Department’s inspector general report contains few redactions, and intelligence veterans worry that could allow hostile spies to examine U.S. sources and methods for gathering secret information.

President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr broad authority on declassifying information, and he apparently kept a light hand in blacking out portions of the 476-page report examining the origins of the Russia probe, reported Politico.

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“Typically DOJ pushes back against efforts to declassify sensitive information,” said David Laufman, a former Justice Department official who’s mentioned in the report and oversaw parts of the Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence probe.

The Justice Department has final say over declassifying information in public reports, and intelligence veterans were surprised by how few Barr made.

“I would LOVE a roadmap like this from the Russians or Chinese,” said one former intelligence official.

That official was shocked to see a detailed description for how the Crossfire Hurricane investigators determined how they verified some of the intelligence they examined, as well as FBI interview notes summarizing conversations with sources — which could risk long-running operations and their participants.

“Who wants to be a source if you can’t keep a secret?” said another former intelligence official. “It has a chilling effect and makes existing sources anxious about whether their identities will be maintained confidentially.”

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One section of the report seems to confirm previous reporting about the identity of an individual cited in a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and the second former intelligence official said that should have stayed classified.

“If a journalist or a foreign intelligence service can identify a human being that way, then too much has been revealed,” that former official said.

“How we handle sources — some of that is already public,” that former official added. “But the identity of sources and the specific procedures for vetting them are usually among the most carefully guarded information we have.”

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Ex-Homeland Security adviser reveals to The View another Trump coronavirus failure no one’s talking about

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Tom Bossert, a former Homeland Security adviser to President Donald Trump, identified one failure of leadership that has mostly escaped notice during the coronavirus outbreak.

Governors have begged the president to order the manufacture of ventilators and other medical equipment under the Defense Production Act, which Trump has already invoked, but Bossert said he must also anticipate another need to eventually end the pandemic.

"This is a massive, complicated logistics challenge at this point, and, you know, Gov. [Gavin] Newsom and others will tell you that it's not just about large-scale purchasing," Bossert said. "It's about deciding who needs it and whose priority should trump others because this is a scarcity of resource problem at this point. We're kind of past what we would have, could have and should have done, and we're making decisions about who gets what when and why. That's the trick."

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GOP campaign vet rakes ‘Princeling’ Jared Kushner over the coals for disastrous COVID-19 leadership

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A veteran Republican campaign official is raking Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner over the coals for taking on a major role in the White House coronavirus task force despite being totally unqualified for the position.

Attorney Lloyd Green, who served as opposition research counsel to George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign and then worked at the Department of Justice in the early '90s, writes in The Guardian that Kushner's presence on the task force is literally putting more Americans at risk.

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Trump tells aides he can’t forgive Pelosi for impeachment humiliation as their broken relationship threatens COVID-19 response: report

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Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi haven't spoken in five months, and some are worrying if their dysfunctional relationship is hindering the federal government's ability to combat the growing coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from the Associated Press.

Trump is angry about the House's impeachment effort against him, and even unifying effect of a disease outbreak isn't thawing the ice between the two. "Trump and Pelosi communicated with — or at — each other via Twitter and television or through intermediaries the other side could tolerate," writes the Associated Press. "Chief among them has been Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who personally negotiated the three rescue bills passed so far. When Trump signed the package at the White House, he did not invite Pelosi or any other Democrats to join him."

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