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Trump spokesman said 'no truth' to reports president-elect wants to revamp intel agencies


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.

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.

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.

Trump commented on criticism of Assange.

He said he was a "big fan" of Assange.

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