CNN’s John Santucci reported that the US has confirmed that the CIA’s Directorate of Operations (DOE) has been monitoring the Trump team for months.”CIA has been looking into the Trump campaign, the transition team and associates in the Trump administration,” a CIA spokesperson told Santucci.
“We do not know the nature of the communication, and we will not comment on the ongoing investigations.”
President Trump and former President Barack Obama spoke by phone on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, US, October 12, 2020.
President Donald Trump, who has not yet spoken publicly since he took office in January, also called the intelligence community “truly great”.US President Donald J. Trump speaks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office of the White Tower in Washington on October 13, 2020, as they look to implement a sweeping executive order on immigration and trade in an effort to seal the border with Mexico and secure the US-Mexico border.US President Trump speaks during a meeting with US lawmakers at the Capitol in Washington DC, on October 14, 2020.(AFP Photo/Joshua Roberts)The CIA spokesperson said it was not clear whether the agency had been investigating Trump for potential links to the Russian intelligence agency.
“The intelligence community has no reason to believe the Russian government is behind the hacks, nor is it clear whether they have the ability to carry out such attacks.”
But the US intelligence community does assess that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of US government systems and data, and will continue to assess that and any actions it may take to respond,” the CIA spokesperson added.