Central Intelligence Agency director met with Russian spy chief amid 2018 election concerns

The Trump Administration Let a Russian Spy Chief Visit the US— Even Though He Was Legally Barred

The Trump Administration Let a Russian Spy Chief Visit the US— Even Though He Was Legally Barred

In his letter to Schumer, Pompeo said that, "while Russia remains an adversary, we would put American lives at greater risk if we ignored opportunities to work with the Russian services in the fight against terrorism". The head of Russia's military intelligence, the GRU, also came to Washington, though it's not clear that he met with Pompeo.

"I haven't seen a significant decrease in their activity", he said, adding that the U.S.is actively engaged in countering Russian subversion.

On Tuesday, the Russian embassy issued tweets dismissing Pompeo's remarks and reiterating Moscow's disavowal of the hacking campaign.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with top Russian intelligence officers days before insinuating that Moscow was likely to interfere in the upcoming USA midterm elections.

In the midst of broader concerns about the Trump administration's willingness to adopt a harsh stance toward Russia and Vladimir Putin-and its decision not to enforce sanctions on key Russian officials despite an overwhelming congressional vote in favor-Schumer and other Democrats are concerned about the substance of any meetings that took place between senior USA intelligence officials and their Russian counterparts.

"We periodically meet with our Russian intelligence counterparts for the same reason our predecessors did - to keep Americans safe", Pompeo replied to Schumer in a letter made public on Thursday.

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Schumer called on the White House to explain whether Naryshkin's visit related to the administration's failure to impose new sanctions Monday. He also said he and his US colleagues didn't pull any punches in the meeting.

In the interview, Pompeo also repeated his message that North Korea was close to developing missiles which could be used in a nuclear attack on the United States. But Democrats criticized the list, saying it had been cobbled together from publicly available sources, including Forbes magazine's list of the wealthiest Russians. The White House is discussing whether to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, two White House officials said. The CIA director promised that the US would retaliate "in a way that is sufficiently robust" should Russian Federation interfere in this year's upcoming midterm elections. "Director Pompeo's refusal to answer that question is deeply troubling". The CIA followed a multi-agency legal process to give access to Russian officials under sanctions, the official said. Other U.S. agencies might need to speak with officials from an enemy nation.

The CIA released a statement saying that while it does not discuss the schedules of US intelligence leaders, "rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with USA law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies".

Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday also demanded to know why Naryshkin, who is on the sanctions list, was allowed to enter the United States.

The meeting dealt in part with cooperation on counterterrorism issues, said people familiar with the proceedings.

The Post noted that Moscow and the USA have shared information on terrorism in the past, but the process is not usually so robust or close. "And I wanted to get back on our front foot", Pompeo said about the Central Intelligence Agency.

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