Not only should the President have been made aware of such intelligence, they say, but the notion that the President wasn’t briefed because there was a difference of opinion among intelligence agencies is “inconceivable,” said one former senior intelligence official, especially since it involved Russia.

“That’s ridiculous,” the former official said about the White House’s claim, adding that it is “hard to believe” the intelligence community shared what it was hearing about Russia with allies like the British and not at least inform the President that it was a thread they were following.

A second former intelligence official called the notion that the President is not informed unless there is unanimity and 100% certainty “absurd.”

“You would have trouble getting unanimity on tomorrow being Tuesday,” the source told CNN on Monday.