A Department of Homeland Security report that undermined President Donald Trump's position on his travel ban was drafted by those loyal to the Obama administration with the intent of leaking it to the press, The Washington Times reported on Monday.
A source told the Times that the drafters relied solely on open source material, so they could pass on the information to reporters without breaking laws on mishandling classified information.
The leak was a three-page report that said citizenship of a particular country is not a good gauge of a possible terrorist threat, thereby appearing to counter the logic of Trump's temporary ban on immigration from seven countries deemed a high terrorism risk.
But the Trump administration insists that the report is not a final version, as it does not include classified information which helps explain the enhanced danger coming from those seven countries.
This comes as Trump sent out tweets over the weekend to discredit reports of contact between campaign associates and Russian spies.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry gave another example of such phenomena, saying Obama loyalists inside the Pentagon do not support Trump's plan to buy more equipment in order to boost military readiness and thus try to deny that there is a problem, the Times reported.
He explained that this is a problem, because Defense Secretary James Mattis has no Senate-confirmed aides in place yet. This is due to the fact that it takes the Senate several months to win confirmation of such officials and so Obama appointees are still the ones on staff.
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