Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Nothing Wrong With Backchannel Conversations
Former Clinton CIA Director Speaks The Truth on Jared Kushner
The real scandal stemming from reports that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner suggested setting up a backchannel with Russian officials is the leaking of classified information that led to Kushner’s alleged request becoming public, according to James Woolsey, the former CIA director under Bill Clinton.
“There are a lot of things I think have been disclosed too much and I think that is the real scandal here,” Woolsey said on CNN Tuesday night. “So much disclosed, it makes it hard for the secrecy that’s essential to the operation of the U.S. government in these areas to continue, and I think the people who have broken these tacit and formal agreements and taken classified information and turned it loose are basically traitors to the country.”
Earlier in the interview, Woolsey, who advised the Trump transition team after the election, also dismissed claims that there is anything inherently suspicious about setting up a backchannel.
“I don’t see anything untoward about having backchannel communications as long as you’re doing it accurately and within the confines, essentially, of what your superiors have asked of you,” Woolsey said. “People have backchannel communications all the time.”