Former acting director of the CIA, Mike Morell, says that he doesn’t have confidence in reports that White House adviser Jared Kushner and husband of Ivanka Trump attempted to set up an illicit meeting with Russian officials.
Morell, a Hillary Clinton supporter, warned against making too much of unreliable sources and warned the media not to “over-connect the dots” provided in such reports.
“That is not a sourcing chain in which I would put a great deal of confidence,” Morell said. “I spent a career watching the media get a significant portion of intelligence-related stories wrong. So, the bottom line: we should all be very careful in saying what is a fact on which to base analysis here. The real facts may be different.”
According to the Daily Caller:
The White House has not denied the core allegations laid out in the stories [that the White House attempted to establish a channel of communication with the Russians], though some White House officials have denied that a back channel request was improper.
Morell, who retired from the CIA in 2013, said there’s not enough information about the meeting to determine if the Trump Tower discussions were innocent or nefarious. And while he has a long list of questions about whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the presidential campaign, he said the media runs the risk of jumping to conclusions based on incomplete news reports.
The Ex-CIA chief added that, “There are so many ‘facts’ in the public domain now that many people are connecting them in a way that has them concluding the Trump campaign must have been guilty of conspiring with the Russians in a way that would be a violation of the law. It is way too early to come to that conclusion.”