Only Verified Intelligence? A Look at Presidents’ Briefings

Former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about intelligence even when it’s not definitively confirmed.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about intelligence even when it’s not definitively confirmed. Intelligence that may be on shaky ground today may foreshadow tomorrow’s calamity. Some questions and answers about how presidents are briefed on intelligence, what sort of information…

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