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Monday, December 18, 2017

In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter. The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the officials said. A similar briefing was given to Hillary Clinton, they added. They said the briefings, which are commonly provided to presidential nominees, were designed to educate the candidates and their top aides about potential threats from foreign spies. The candidates were urged to alert the FBI about any suspicious overtures to their campaigns, the officials said.

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The briefings were led by counterintelligence specialists from the FBI, the sources said. They were timed to occur around the period when the candidates began receiving classified intelligence, the officials said, which put them at greater risk for being targeted by foreign spies. Trump's first intelligence briefing as Republican nominee was Aug. 17, 2016, sources told NBC News at the time.

Trump was "briefed and warned" at the session about potential espionage threats from Russia, two former law enforcement officials familiar with the sessions told NBC News. A source close to the White House said their position is that Trump was unaware of the contacts between his campaign and Russians.

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Trump would have been told, "If you see these kinds of contacts please let us know about them so we can keep you updated on the threat picture," said Frank Montoya, a former FBI counterintelligence agent and supervisor who retired in 2016.

The situation was complicated by the fact that the FBI had already become aware of contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russia, and was beginning to investigate further. Former CIA Director John Brennan has said he told the FBI about a pattern of contacts the CIA observed between members of the Trump team and Russians, and former FBI Director James Comey said the bureau then began investigating in July 2016.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-18 04:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yes, they came through the democrats.

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-18 04:43 PM | Reply

It wasn't an infiltration since they had the cooperation of trump.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-18 05:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I assume you have proof of that claim ind. I guess you should share that info with the FBI. Oh, I forgot, the FBI was involved from the start.

#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-18 07:17 PM | Reply

These warnings make lying on employment forms indefensible.

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-19 07:11 AM | Reply

When Trump entered his campaign, the Russians had infiltrated it.

#6 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-19 01:32 PM | Reply

SNIPER

Trump's action are evidence of guilt. It's the same modus operandi he always uses when the law is on his tail.

If you can't argue the facts, argue the law.
If you can't argue the law, argue the facts.
If you can't argue either, pound your fist on the table.

Or in Trump's case, stamp your feet like a two year old mental ------.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-19 01:54 PM | Reply

Trump's action are evidence of guilt. It's the same modus operandi he always uses when the law is on his tail.

If you can't argue the facts, argue the law.
If you can't argue the law, argue the facts.
If you can't argue either, pound your fist on the table.

Or in Trump's case, stamp your feet like a two year old mental ------.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac

Damn, that is proof positive. Is that all you got twi?

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-19 04:31 PM | Reply

Jeff Sessions: The campaign moved so quickly, Sessions said, that he often didn't keep a diary or contemporaneous notes. He could not say with absolute certainty who he did talk to. It might have been the FBI or maybe it was the KGB. Hard to say who warned him first.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-20 07:09 PM | Reply

I've watched Sessions testify. He has A LOT of convenient memory problems. Too many, in fact, to be believed and all delivered with that self-satisfied grin.

He looks and acts like a snake-in-the-grass.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-21 12:53 AM | Reply

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