DNI Ratcliffe says he will brief some Congress members on election security
Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe said Wednesday his office will now provide some in-person election briefings to a limited number of members of Congress.
He emphasized that the primary form of congressional updates on elections would be in the form of written intelligence.
“In order to protect sources and methods, the IC will not provide all-member briefings, but we will work to provide appropriate updates primarily through written finished intelligence products,” Ratcliffe said.
Weeks ago, Ratcliffe faced backlash after he announced he would be scaling back in-person election security briefings in favor of written reports. Democrats claimed the Trump administration was intentionally withholding election information, particularly pertaining to Russian interference, ahead of the 2020 race.
The DNI, however, defended his decision to scale back the briefings, telling "Sunday Morning Futures" he had been going above and beyond in briefing "not just the oversight committees but every member of Congress" but will no longer do so.
"Within minutes of one of those briefings ending, a number of members of Congress went to a number of different outlets and leaked classified information for political purposes," Ratcliffe told host Maria Bartiromo. "To create a narrative that simply isn't true, that somehow Russia is a greater national security threat than China."
"I don't mean to minimize Russia. They are a serious national security threat, but day in, day out, the threats that we face from China are significantly greater," Ratcliffe said. "Anyone who says otherwise is just politicizing intelligence for their own narrative."
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