UPDATE 11:14 a.m. EST: Trump refuted claims that he was planning on limiting the power of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the CIA in a call with reporters on Thursday.
"There is no truth to this idea of restricting the intelligence community infrastructure," incoming press secretary Sean Spicer said. "One hundred percent false."
Meanwhile, as the Senate hearing on cybersecurity threats continued, DNI head James Clapper decried Trump's tweets of Julian Assange's claims.
Director of Nat'l Intel Clapper, NSA chief Rogers says they agree with Sen. McCain that shouldn't attach any credibility to Julian Assange.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) January 5, 2017
UPDATE 10:37 a.m. EST: Clapper said Julian Assange isn't credible.
Wikileaks fired back.
President-elect Donald Trump is looking at possible ways to limit the power of the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to sources close to the transition, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sources told the Journal that the team believes the DNI prevents other intelligence agencies from getting things done. Trump has been a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies throughout the 2016 election, and that criticism has ramped up as the presidential inauguration gets closer.
The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Trump tweeted this just days before his high-profile "intelligence" briefing.
Changes Trump is reportedly looking to make
- Expanding the CIA's human spying capabilities
- Reining in the DNI by reducing staff and access
The office of the DNI was created in 2004 to help coordinate intelligence between the different U.S. intelligence agencies, as a response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange - wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
Trump commented on criticism of Assange.
to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against "Intelligence" when in fact I am a big fan!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
He said he was a "big fan" of Assange.