National Security Adviser John Bolton tricks Donald Trump into signing an executive order on election security. Intelligence officials feared that Trump wouldn’t sign it if he had a chance to ask how it would affect Russia.
The executive order would enable the U.S. to place sanctions on countries trying to interfere in American elections. It was drafted in the months prior by the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
The 2020 New York Times investigation that includes this passage from Bolton’s book results in the latest Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, telling the ODNI’s communications department to blacklist the New York Times. (Freedom of press, hello, are you there?)
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