Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
Intelligence showing senior Russian officials discussing how to exert influence over President Trump using his advisers was collected by U.S. spies months before the presidential election, Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo report at the New York Times.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to include two meetings with the Russian ambassador on a security clearance form submitted last year, his aids insisting that the meetings were removed from the form by a Sessions staffer after the F.B.I. told her they did not need to be included, Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.
Recently fired former F.B.I. director James Comey should provide his memos detailing his interactions with President Trump to the Senate Judiciary Committee and then testify about them, the top Democrat on the committee Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) said yesterday, the Hill’s Max Greenwood reporting.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort handed over 305 pages of documents related to the Trump-Russia investigation to the House and Senate intelligence committees last week in response to letters sent to various Trump campaign associates with potential ties to Moscow over the past few weeks, Tom Hamburger reports at the Washington Post.
Deutsche Bank A.G. has been asked to provide details about its internal review of Russian trades and clients as well as loans made to President Trump, including whether any loans to the president “were backed by guarantees from the Russian government, or were in any way connected to Russia” by Democratic lawmakers, Jenny Strasburg reports at the Wall Street Journal.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked former F.B.I. director and his then-top deputy Andrew McCabe to rebut news reports of the Trump-Russia investigation the day after President Trump reportedly asked Comey to dial back on the bureau’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, three White House officials telling The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff, Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng that Peibus is worried about what could happen to him if Comey reveals more of his secret memos detailing conversations with Trump and senior administration officials.
TRUMP DISCLOSES CLASSIFIED ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE
Israel’s defense minister appears to have confirmed that the intelligence leaked by President Trump during a meeting with Russian officials last month was Israel’s, saying yesterday that Israel had made a “specific correction” to its intelligence-sharing protocols with the U.S. after the incident but providing no further details, the AP reports.
Legislation intended to keep Congress informed when top-secret information is shared with a nation considered hostile to the U.S. was introduced in the House by Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) yesterday following the president’s disclosures to Russian officials this month, the Hill’s Cristina Marcos reports.
TRUMP IN EUROPE
President Trump is in Brussels today for the fourth leg of his first overseas trip, meeting with the president of the European Council Donald Tusk and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, with further meetings with other European leaders to follow, the New York Times reports, providing live updates on Trump’s trip.
Trump is anticipated to publicly endorse N.A.T.O.’s mutual defense commitment at a ceremony at the alliance’s headquarters today, ending months of silence on whether the U.S. would automatically come to the aid of an ally under attack per Article 5 of the N.A.T.O. pact, Michael D. Shear and Mark Landler report at the New York Times. Continue Reading »