Congressional Committees Will No Longer Brief Election Security- Informs National Intelligence
National Intelligence Prohibits Congressional Committees From Briefing In Election Security
Congressional Committees Will No Longer Brief on Election Security in-person as informed by the Director of National Intelligence. The Office clearly stated this to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. According to an Official, this was a verbal announcement but a written update will also be provided soon.
The Official also stated that other agencies, such as, the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security are to continue their briefing on the Election Security of Congress.
Bill Evanina’s Commitment
Bill Evanina, the top intelligence official for election security committed to providing “robust intelligence-based briefings on election security” to Congress. Evanina also stated that China “prefers” an outcome where President Donald Trump is not reelected in November.
According to Evanina, “We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment.’ This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia.” She also added that Iran is preparing to “undermine US democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country.”
The US Official has been charged to protect the Elections of 2020. And last week they said that they have “no information or intelligence” foreign countries. Russia is also trying to undermine a part of the mail-in voting process, contradicting Trump, who has reportedly said that foreign adversaries are targeting mail ballots as part of a “rigged” presidential race.
On Saturday, Trump said that the Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe “got tired of” information leaking “so, he wants to do it in a different form.” At an event in Texas, Trump said, “Director Ratcliffe brought information into the committee, and the information leaked.”
Trump added, “So, he wants to do it in a different form because you have leakers on the committee, obviously, leakers that are doing bad things, probably not even legal to leak, but we’ll look into that separately.”
In response to this House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted, “As usual, President Trump is lying and projecting. Trump fired the last DNI for briefing Congress on Russian efforts to help his campaign. Now he’s ending briefings altogether. Trump doesn’t want the American people to know about Russia’s efforts to aid his re-election.”