Trump Administration Halts Election Security Briefings, Democrats Complain
The United State’s prime intelligence workplace instructed lawmakers it would finish in-person briefing on election security because it is worried about potential leaks.The move drew heated rejoinders from Democrats who have focused on foreign efforts to sway the presidential election in 2016 and again this year.
John Ratcliffe, who is President Donald Trump’s new director of national intelligence, a detailed political ally of Trump, a former member of the White House panel and was a vocal defender of the President through the investigations of Russia’s efforts to affect the 2016 election. He instructed senators throughout his affirmation listening to this year that the “the intelligence I deliver will not br subject to outside influence”.
An official in Ratcliffe’s office speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it was “concerned about unauthorised disclosure of sensitive information following recent briefing.” Ratcliffe said that Russia which orchestrated a hacking campaign to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favour, was trying to “denigrate” Trump’s 2020 Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. And it said China and Iran were hoping Trump is not re-elected. He notified the House and Senate intelligence panels that the office would send written reports instead, giving lawmakers less opportunity to press for details as the November 3rd election approaches.
Ratcliffe's office had offered to hold in-person briefings for the House and senate oversight panels, even after concerns surfaced about leaks from previous meetings. It later rescinded the offer.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff said, “This is a shocking addiction of its lawful responsibility to keep the Congress currently informed, and a betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy.”
Joe Biden said that ODNI was curtailing one of the intelligence community’s most basic duties and it was “nothing less than a shameless partisan manipulation to protect the personal Interests of President Trump
Reporter: Shriya D