Central Intelligence Agency chief met with sanctioned Russian spies, officials confirm

Sergei Naryshkin — the speaker of the Russian Duma — on a visit to Finland

As the former and current intelligence officers of the United States told the publication, Naryshkin and Bortnikov had a meeting with the US CIA Director Mike Pompeo, at which they tackled countering terrorism.

"This is a serious national security issue", Schumer told reporters.

"While we do not discuss the schedules of USA intelligence leaders, rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with USA law and in consultation with appropriate Departments and agencies", Office of the Director of National Intelligence spokesperson Timothy Barrett said in a statement to ABC News.

"The Trump administration must immediately come clean and answer questions", the New York Democrat said about Naryshkin's visit.

News of the meeting is likely to stoke controversy about the Trump administration's relationship with Russian Federation. "It was Russian bots that were spinning out the hashtag 'Schumer shutdown, ' trying to help Trump politically win that fight, you would expect they will be aligned with them this fall".

The Trump administration let a top Russian spy official visit the United States last week for meetings with the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) even though there are sanctions against the Russian that prohibit such visits.

RFE/RL noted that "During his tenure, Hall says, it was always a big deal, politically and logistically, whenever a senior Russian intelligence officer got in to see a USA counterpart, giving Moscow a way to assert they were on equal footing with the United States".

Congressional panels and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russia's alleged interference and possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's election campaign. It says anti-Russian hysteria is sweeping through the United States and Europe.

Naryshkin is the head of the SVR, the foreign intelligence service that was once part of the KGB. "The target was sowing discord in U.S.", said the official, who also noted all administrations have met with Russian intel officials for intel-sharing and outreach. "We sanctioned the head of their foreign intelligence and then the Trump administration invites him to waltz through our front door".




That said, Weiss adds that, "the Russian government clearly wants to portray the USA as being open to conducting business as usual ... which is both cheeky and presumptuous given how badly damaged the relationship is today".

"We don't see this sort of thing being reported very often", he said.

"Nobody in either party trusts this president to represent American national interests when it comes to Russia", Brown said.

"I can't recall any time in the last 15 years" that all three Russian agency chiefs were in the US capital at the same time, Steven Hall, a former CIA station chief in Moscow, tells RFE/RL. Schumer said. "Which US officials did he meet with?"

And if intelligence officials do see a benefit in conferring with Russians, "it's really hard for people outside the intelligence community to know what stands behind those kind of decisions". "He came. He held consultations with his colleagues", Antonov said on the Russian Federation 1 TV channel.

The CIA has acknowledged that the meeting with Russian officials took place, but did not reveal which Russian officials attended the meeting.

"We vigorously defend America in these encounters and pull no punches - we never will", he wrote.

The Russians "consider it a big political win if they can do it".

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