The anonymous USA officials said phone records and intercepted calls pointed to the contact between Russians and members of Trump's campaign.
These communications, however, stood out due to the frequency and the level of Trump advisors involved. The president has since faced criticism for not acting sooner. "It's exactly where we were back when Scooter Libby went to the New York Times and planted the false information about the [Saddam Hussein's] uranium tubes", Rowley said.
Trump has spent a good portion of his social media activity this week going after members of the intelligence community for leaking information to the press.
"People are trying to cover up for a bad loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton", he said.
Trump was also critical of the media accusing him of Russian connection. Their reaction to Trump's tweets was a literal declaration of war against the Trump administration.
The officials' decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team's contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward US spy agencies.
US President Donald Trump today blasted the intelligence community for leaking information to newspapers, saying the "real scandal" is that classified inputs are illegally given out by intelligence like "candy".
Flynn resigned Tuesday following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russian officials.
On Wednesday, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler provided some insight into the reaction of national security officials. Feinberg, it seems, is a flaming sign of a coming purge, albeit one with absolutely no intelligence experience.
All of Trump's comments come less than a month after he visited Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Virginia following the inauguration.
Top intelligence officials told the daily that they feared the businessman was being prepped for a position within the intelligence community.