Senior Intel Official Says She Didn't Wiretap Trump Tower
From left to right are moderator Susan Gordon, principal deputy director of national intelligence speaks to former CIA directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden during an intelligence conference at George Washington University on Oct. 4, 2017.Win McNamee / Getty Images
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Gordon was serving as moderator for a panel of four former CIA directors, Hayden, Porter Goss, William Webster and the most recent ex-director, John Brennan.
During the discussion, Brennan called on President Trump to accept the U.S. intelligence community's unanimous assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, saying his lack of trust is hurting the American people's confidence in the intelligence community.
Trump has repeatedly disparaged reports of Russian interference as a hoax. On Sept. 22, he tweeted "The Russia hoax continues" after reports that Russians had bought Facebook ads to influence voters.
The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?
Brennan said the "trust and confidence from the American people in the intelligence community, intelligence professionals, would be stronger if the first customer of the intelligence community's work accepted unambiguously the unanimous position of the intelligence community in terms of Russian interference in the election."
"When that first customer denigrates that work and the work of the professionals in the intelligence community, how then can the American people embrace the work and the mission of the intelligence community?"
Brennan said that the disconnect "has undermined what the great women and men of the intelligence community" do and that if there was "greater acknowledgment of the professionalism and integrity" of them by the president, then the public might be more accepting of the importance and value of their work.
Gordon defended President Trump's relationship with the intelligence community, saying, "We're used to having our work questioned, that's the nature of intelligence."
Gordon also said the IC spends more time with this president than she's seen in previous administrations and there is healthy respect for the craft of the women and men who work in intelligence.
Courtney Kube is a correspondent covering national security and the military for the NBC News Investigative Unit.