Congressional Democrats request Federal Bureau of Investigation briefing on foreign election interference efforts

21 Juillet, 2020, 02:34 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Democratic leaders in the House and Senate wrote to FBI Director Chris Wray Monday requesting a "defensive counterintelligence briefing" for all members about Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

The letter - signed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the top Democrats on the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Sen.

The specifics of how Congress is being targeted were not immediately clear, but the Democrats said the alleged campaign seeks to "launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election in November".

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"The counterintelligence experts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation must provide the full Congress with a defensive counterintelligence briefing on these threats before the August recess".

"Given the seriousness and specificity of these threats, as members of congressional leadership and the congressional intelligence committees we believe it is imperative that the Federal Bureau of Investigation provide a classified defensive briefing to all Members of Congress and that the briefing draw on all-source intelligence information and analysis, consistent with due regard for the protection of sensitive intelligence sources and methods", the leaders wrote to Wray. A second congressional official said that a classified addendum was sent alongside the letter that drew mainly from the USA government's own reporting. The FBI confirmed having received the letter but declined further comment.

In a 700-word statement, first obtained by the Politico news outlet, Biden said that he "will treat foreign interference in our election as an adversarial act that significantly affects the relationship between the United States and the interfering nation's government", and that he plans to "direct the US Intelligence Community to report publicly and in a timely manner on any efforts by foreign governments that have interfered, or attempted to interfere, with US elections". Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire stepped down from the position following the briefing, with Trump reportedly taking issue with Schiff's involvement.

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