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Dems outraged as Trump administration scales back election security briefings - 2020-08-29

F0.png Dems outraged as Trump administration scales back election security briefings August 29, 2020, Betsy Woodruff Swan, Politico

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is scaling back its election security briefings to Congress, according to two sources familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by POLITICO.

ODNI told the House and Senate intelligence committees that it will still provide written briefings, but that they should not expect verbal, in-person briefings on the topic, according to a congressional official and letters dated Aug. 28 that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe sent to top members of Congress. Ratcliffe indicated in those letters that leaks from Congress were the reason for ending in-person briefings.

The move has enraged congressional Democrats, who have long charged the Trump administration with downplaying threats to U.S. elections from foreign actors, especially Russia. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement that ODNI canceled separate briefings that had been scheduled for September before the intelligence committees and all members of Congress.

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{{cite news | first = Betsy Woodruff | last = Swan | title = Dems outraged as Trump administration scales back election security briefings | url = https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/29/odni-to-scale-back-election-security-briefings-404919 | work = Politico | date = August 29, 2020 | accessdate = August 31, 2020 }}