Schumer: Why was Putin’s top spy let into country?


Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerMike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Cybersecurity: GOP, FBI clash over FISA memo | Uber breach under Senate scrutiny | Upcoming House cyber diplomacy hearing The Hill’s 12:30 Report Top Russian spies met with Pompeo when they traveled to US: report MORE . Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer: Nunes intent on undermining ‘rule of law’ with altered memo Manchin responds to Pence attacks: ‘This is why Washington sucks’ What Trump didn’t say in his State of the Union address MORE (D-N.Y.) is demanding the Trump administration explain why it let Russia’s top spy into the country, where he reportedly met with CIA Director

“While the U.S. frequently interacts with foreign governments, a U.S. meeting with the chief of the SVR a little more than a year after our Intelligence Community unanimously concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election raises a number important questions,” Schumer wrote.

The visit, Schumer noted, came shortly before the Trump administration announced it was delaying implementation of new sanctions against Russia, despite the legislation passing through Congress with an overwhelming majority.

“The administration took little to no action, even as Russia continues its cyberattacks on the U.S,” Schumer wrote.

He added: “Given these circumstances, the decision to host a senior Russian intelligence official at this juncture, and the Intelligence Community’s involvement in this decision, requires additional transparency for the American people.”

The Russian embassy tweeted earlier this week that Naryshkin had been in the United States “for consultations with … counterparts on the struggle against terrorism.” CNN reported that Naryshkin met with Pompeo.

Schumer is asking Coats to hand over details on the visit by Feb. 9 , including why the administration decided to allow Naryshkin and any other Russian officials into the country and if any meetings or talk with the Russian government proceeded this decision.

He also wants to know if any other Russian officials traveled wth Naryshkin, if any one else was under U.S. sanctions and what waivers were used to allow them into the country.

The letter comes after Schumer demanded to know on Tuesday who from the Trump administration met with Naryshkin.

He reiterated his demand in his letter, also asking what was discussed and if any U.S. officials brought up Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Russian cyberattacks or warned the country against interfering in the 2018 or 2020 election.

Timothy Barrett , a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, did not confirm to CNN that Naryshkin met with Pompeo, adding that “any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with US law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies.”