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Washington - White House Taps Billionaire To Head Intelligence Review

Published on: February 16, 2017 07:01 PM
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Stephen Feinberg arrives for a closed door meeting, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan group of senators reached tentative agreement Thursday night on an emergency $14 billion bailout for U.S. automakers. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)Stephen Feinberg arrives for a closed door meeting, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A bipartisan group of senators reached tentative agreement Thursday night on an emergency $14 billion bailout for U.S. automakers. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Washington - The Trump administration asked the founder of a New York-based private equity firm to lead a review of the intelligence community as President Donald Trump vows to crack down on what he describes as “illegal leaks” of classified information.

A senior White House official said Thursday that Stephen Feinberg of Cerberus Capital Management has been asked to head the review of the various intelligence agencies and make recommendations on improvements to efficiency and coordination between the various intelligence agencies.

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The official was not authorized to discuss private personnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official said that Feinberg’s role is not official until he completes an ethics review.

The president has vowed to crack down on leaks and add new oversight over intelligence. His moves have not been well received and look to many like retaliation against intelligence officials who are investigating his campaign aides’ ties to Russia.

Trump on Tuesday tweeted, “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!”

On Thursday, he accused Democrats of planting “fake news” stories on Russia in retaliation for their loss in the general election.


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 Feb 16, 2017 at 07:09 PM TrumpISprez Says:

About time. And no its not called going after whistle blowers. I work at a large corporation and there are tight measures in place to ensure protection for those that report wrong doing. But you must follow procedure. You can't just go to the media and leak stuff. There is a legal team etc....

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 Feb 16, 2017 at 08:02 PM Anonymous Says:

The leaking involved lying to the public, unconstitutional actions and rough shot disregard. Obama inherited a Dow Jones of 9,000 nd now the DOW is twice as high, Obama inherited a GM near bankruptcy and a nation with almost financial collapse.

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 Feb 17, 2017 at 08:30 AM Shimon Says:

Serious problems, especially leaks from national security intelligence services. If these are truly politicized, we have coup potential scandals.

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