A top administration official defended the National Security Agency’s (NSA) actions against the ex-boyfriend of a former White House aide, saying that they “were absolutely necessary” to thwart the hacking of his Gmail account.
The email of President Donald Trump’s former personal assistant, Karen Kremer, was stolen from the Gmail account used by former White house chief of staff Reince Priebus, according to the Washington Post.
Kremer’s email was sent to her former boss, Priebus, who had used her Gmail account to send messages to other aides and the press.
Trump’s personal assistant was not named in the complaint filed Thursday.
But Michael McFaul, a former top US diplomat, told the Washington Examiner that Kremer’s alleged hacking “was absolutely necessary.”
“The Russians took all the resources they could get,” McFaul said.
“If we had the ability to track down the emails and to take the actions that we took, I think that the Russians would have been very happy about that.”
He added that Kreamer was “not an agent of any foreign power.”
“We have to look at what our adversaries are trying to do.
It’s a whole different ball game than we used to play,” McFaugh said.”
If I were president, I would not be sitting here saying ‘I’ve never seen anything like this.’
It’s just so obvious,” he said.
The Washington Post reports that Kreemer’s email is the first to emerge from the complaint.
The White House is also in the midst of a public relations crisis.
Trump tweeted earlier this month that former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired last week, “lost his job” after refusing to back down from a request to publicly release documents related to the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.
Comey has since announced he would not resign and that he would seek a Senate investigation into his firing.