Aides to US President Donald Trump hired a private Israeli intelligence agency in order to “get dirt” on Obama administration officials Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, who were involved in the negotiations with Iran over the nuclear deal. The Trump team reportedly hired the investigators days after Trump visited Tel Aviv on his first presidential trip outside the US last year.
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A week before US President Donald Trump is due to announce his decision about the nuclear deal with Iran, it was reported that Trump aides ordered a mudslinging operation aimed at members of the previous American administration. The Guardian reported last night that aides to Trump hired a private Israeli intelligence agency to coordinate the operation to slander Obama administration officials who were involved in the negotiations on the nuclear agreement with Iran.
According to the report, the Israeli private investigators hired for the job were instructed to “get dirt” on Obama’s top national security adviser Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to Obama. The newspaper’s sources said that officials connected to the Trump team contacted the private investigators after Trump visited Tel Aviv last year. Documents that were obtained by the newspaper show that the investigators were instructed to look into the private lives of Rhodes and Kahl and to pay close attention to their personal relationships, any involvement with Iran-friendly lobbyists and the possibility that they benefited personally or politically from the deal.
“The idea was that people acting for Trump would discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it easier to pull out of it,” one of the sources told the Guardian. It was also reported that the private investigators were asked to contact Iranian-Americans and journalists who were supportive of the nuclear deal. These figures were connected to Rhodes and Kahl and the investigators were trying to discover if the two violated any protocols by sharing classified information during the negotiations.