That NYTimes article--the whole situation really--is frightening. Obviously, people in our intelligence agencies have information on the president and his people that is problematic. Here's the key quote:
"American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election."
The article says they didn't find evidence of collusion on the hacking, but I bet we are going to hear more soon about what they did find. Putin's purge of his tech intelligence guys is an obvious attempt to find those responsible for talking to our intelligence agencies. Put that together with intelligence agencies' fear of sharing information with the NSC and White House, and I almost wonder if we are seeing some reprisal for losing those sources.
Maybe this is all cloak-and-dagger nonsense, but we need an investigation of our president and the people around him. There's absolutely no reason we shouldn't see the President's tax returns so we can get a real sense of his loyalties. This situation demands it. If he owes foreign governments, and reporting says he's deeply in dept to Russia and China, we need to know whether or not he's seeking his own interests or protecting ours.