Trump To Receive Intelligence Briefings After Securing GOP Nomination

U.S. intelligence officials will reportedly brief former President Donald Trump on classified national security matters when he secures the Republican presidential nomination.

In a statement to Politico, a senior intelligence official said the Biden administration plans to share classified intelligence with the former president. This comes after President Joe Biden’s weaponized Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Trump in two federal cases, accusing the former president of trying to “overturn” the 2020 election and hoarding classified documents.

The Post Millennial pointed out that Biden prohibited Trump from being briefed on national security matters shortly after the president took office in 2021. The Biden administration claimed that Trump should not receive such intelligence because of his “erratic” behavior.

Although the U.S. Constitution does not require sit-down briefings, incumbent administrations usually use classified intelligence agencies to brief political candidates from major political parties on crucial national security issues.

The briefings would occur in the summertime after both major political parties have conducted their conventions. Such meetings are overseen by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and are authorized by the White House.

A former case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Douglas London, told Politico that if the Biden administration chooses not to include Trump in national security briefings, such a course of action could backfire on the intelligence community because it could “taint them in the eyes of somebody who might very well be their boss again in a few months.”

The former president has consistently attacked intelligence agencies while on the campaign trail. He has accused Biden of weaponizing the DOJ to try and prosecute his top political opponent.

A senior intelligence official told Politico that among the intelligence agencies’ top priorities is to regain Trump’s trust. The outlet reported that the former president will be briefed by the intelligence community in the same fashion that past presidential contenders have been briefed.

Following reports that Trump would be briefed by the intelligence community, former national security adviser John Bolton said he is “perplexed” that the former president would receive briefings on national security matters.

“I’m somewhat perplexed myself that the Biden White House has apparently agreed that he’ll get these briefings,” Bolton said during an interview with MSNBC.