WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are requesting a threat assessment to determine whether sensitive government information has been exposed and whether plans, strategies, operations, or classified information have been or could be compromised by foreign adversaries due to President Trump’s cell phone usage.
A recent report indicates that President Trump has eschewed the advice of counterintelligence experts and opted to use unsecured commercial devices for telephone calls and internet use.
In a letter to National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina, the lawmakers wrote that the President’s conduct is “reckless and could endanger sensitive U.S. national security interests.”
Last month, Politico reported President Trump has broken with the practices of his predecessors and routinely uses unsecured devices to communicate with friends and Twitter followers and has brushed aside the concerns of White House and Intelligence Community security experts and dismissed their pleas as “too inconvenient.”
“We request that you provide the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence with a threat assessment to determine whether sensitive government information has been exposed and whether plans, strategies, operations, or classified information have been or could be compromised by foreign adversaries due to the President’s cell phone usage. In addition, we request an assessment of attribution of the deployment of hostile cell-site simulator technology detected by the Intelligence Community or other government agencies in the National Capital Region during the past two years,” wrote Heinrich, Wyden, Durbin, and Feinstein.