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CBS: Trump Admin Limiting NKorea Intel in Leak Crackdown

president donald trump and north korea's kim jong un walk through a garden during a summit this summer
President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:13 PM

The Trump administration has started to limit the amount of intel that gets shared with Congress regarding North Korea's nuclear program, according to sources who spoke with CBS News.

The new plan, implemented in recent weeks, allows for the sharing of intelligence reports with House and Senate leadership as well as chairs and ranking members of the foreign relations and intelligence committees, but not with members and staffers of those committees as previously had been the case.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are upset about the plan, which is part of a crackdown on intelligence leaks that administration officials think could complicate U.S. diplomatic efforts and jeopardize intelligence collection efforts.

"It will be problematic because even if you sit on a committee like [Intelligence], only the chair and ranking [member] get that intelligence, not their staff. That is just kind of nuts," one senior Senate staffer told CBS.

"It is not a good look. It is very telling that they are doing this. We can't prove it, but it is an indication that there could be a significant problem," added another senior Senate staffer. "The reports could give alarming details that they don't want out there in the public theater."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly still running a dangerous nuclear program despite promising to work toward denuclearization. President Donald Trump is set to meet with Kim in January, according to CBS.

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