Trump to launch major review of spy agencies amid 'illegal' leaks

Trump has blamed leaks from the intelligence community for the ouster of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who stepped down Monday over revelations that he misled the vice president about the content of a series of phone calls to Russia's USA ambassador in December.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump blasted the intelligence community for leaks. If the community isn't hostile, the report suggests at least a deep level of mistrust toward the new president. But officials reportedly withheld some details about how the intelligence information was gathered.

Trump officials also are urgently needed at State and the Pentagon.

"The ex-NSA counterintelligence agent goes on to quote an unnamed source from inside the Pentagon who bluntly tells him that "...there's not much the Russians don't know at this point". Michael Flynn, once a trusted member of Trump's inner circle. Flynn had lied earlier on about his communications with a Russian ambassador in December and was asked to resign amidst a series of intelligence leaks. Further to that, it was revealed that Flynn had lied about the nature of those conversations to Vice President Mike Pence, who defended Flynn on national television. "Very un-American!" Trump said in a tweet.

This followed reports that United States agencies had intercepted phone calls past year between Russian intelligence officials and his 2016 campaign team.

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The White House, however, is denying it all.

Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge brought us the latest on reports that the USA intelligence community is withholding information from the White House, fearing it could be compromised.

Trump's growing public feud with the USA intelligence agencies peaked this week after leaks revealed that the White House had known about unsanctioned pre-inaugural communications between Gen. Michael Flynn and Russian officials, forcing the resignation of Flynn from his post as national security advisor. The WSJ also cited Trump's continued attacks on the intelligence community, which began before he even took the oath of office.

Trump's efforts to make the intelligence community fall in line are being backed by Congressional Republicans.

As many have pointed out, Trump's opinion of such leaks has shifted dramatically since his days on the campaign trail when he declared, "I love WikiLeaks", after the outlet published emails hacked from the account of John Podesta, campaign manager for Trump's political rival Hillary Clinton. That's not entirely new: Past presidents have been kept in the dark about sources and methods.