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Pentagon blocked Biden's intelligence transition team from meeting with agencies

December 5, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (L) and National Security Council Senior Director of Counterterrorism Kashyap "Kash" Pramod Patel listen as U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in a military operation in northwest Syria. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Trump administration prevented President-elect Joe Biden's transition team from meeting with its counterparts at Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, according to a former senior intelligence official familiar with intelligence transition discussions.

(CNN)The Trump administration prevented President-elect Joe Biden's transition team from meeting with its counterparts at Pentagon intelligence agencies this week, according to a former senior intelligence official familiar with intelligence transition discussions.

The slowdown means the Biden team has not yet been able to meet with officials from the military intelligence agencies within the Defense Department -- including the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency -- even as all other meetings by Biden review teams appear to be happening smoothly now after weeks of delay.

Last week, arrangements were made for Biden's Agency Review Team to meet with the various defense intelligence agencies this week, the former intelligence official said.

A defense official said the Biden transition team for intelligence had "made direct coordination with DOD intelligence agencies for interviews, briefings and site visits," and the Pentagon had then asked that it reach out to Patel for all of its requests for interviews and site visits "per the statute, GSA guidance" and the memorandum of understanding between the White House and the President-elect.

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