Trump administration let Russian spy chiefs visit with intelligence director

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"Russia hacked our elections", Schumer said.

Head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff Igor Korobov visited Washington, The Washington Post learned.

Naryshkin was put on a Treasury Department list of sanctioned officials in 2014.

The meeting comes amid heightened concerns about Russia's aggression overseas - something about which Trump's own national security strategy warned and Pompeo himself addressed on Monday.

Schumer wrote his own letter on Thursday to National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, calling on him to disclose what was discussed at the meetings and whether the Russians also met with Trump administration officials at the White House, State or Defense departments or the National Security Council.

Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov confirmed that Naryshkin was in Washington to meet with U.S. officials about terrorism and other matters.

Pompeo wrote a letter to Schumer saying he met with the Russians "to keep Americans safe".

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer in a letter on Tuesday called on intelligence leaders to explain these meetings given their own assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

A senior USA intelligence official based in Moscow was also called back to Washington for the meeting with the CIA chief, said a person familiar with the events, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive meeting.

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"Given the political conditions in the United States now, it's flabbergasting to be honest".

Naryshkin's visit coincided with other serious disputes in U.S.

President Trump has called many times for reconciliation with Russian Federation, arguing that the country is an essential partner to addressing security challenges in Iran, North Korea and elsewhere.

"By imposing no new sanctions under CAATSA mandates, the US remains vulnerable to an emboldened Russian government in advance of this November's congressional elections", 24 Democratic senators wrote in a letter to Trump Tuesday night. The White House did release a list of Russian oligarchs potentially subject to sanctions on Tuesday, but it was criticized as sloppy and cobbled together from sources such as Forbes magazine. "Which U.S. officials did he meet with?"

"We can watch very focused efforts to steal American information, to infiltrate the United States with spies, with people who are going to work on behalf of the Chinese government against America", he said.

"In part because Trump has taken America off the playing field in places like the Middle East, leaving Russian Federation to gain influence all over". "Director Pompeo's refusal to answer that question is deeply troubling". The United States and Russian Federation do occasionally share information about threats to each other's countries, but it is not a robust process and doesn't compare to the close cooperation the United States has with its Western allies.

Murphy said he's concerned about the continuing influence as well and warned that Russians are aligned "temporarily" with Republicans "because they think it suits their interests.because Trump is taking America off the playing field in parts of the world in which Russia wants to exert influence".

Some intelligence officers have said they see a disconnect between the administration's desire for rapprochement and public statements from intelligence leaders that Russian Federation will continue to try to disrupt the USA democratic process. "And I wanted to get back on our front foot", Pompeo said about the Central Intelligence Agency.

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