Pelosi upbraids counterintel chief in private briefing over Russian meddling

Source: POLITICO - View Original Article
Published: Aug 01, 2020
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93% "The tensions at Friday's briefing come amid a public and highly unusual spat between the Democratic and Republican sides of the Gang of Eight over how much information to share with the public about election interference and about Russia's efforts specifically."
86% "Leader Schumer and I wrote to them and said, 'tell the truth to the American people,' and for some reason they are withholding it, she added."
78% "Asked if she had any recourse to force the administration to comply, Pelosi said: We'll see."
77% "Evanina responded by saying that the statement released last week was only the beginning of the process of warning the public about the foreign interference campaigns, and said he expected Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to reveal more about it during a Worldwide Threats hearing -- an annual, public briefing to lawmakers by top intelligence and national security officials about the top threats facing the country."
70% "After she exited the briefing, Pelosi voiced some of her frustrations to reporters."
68% "Democrats are wary that Trump -- who has previously indicated he'd consider accepting foreign help -- might seek to squelch or downplay intelligence suggesting a foreign power was interfering on his behalf."
59% "Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who has already seen some of the intelligence surrounding the foreign election interference efforts, said he believes the administration and the intelligence community needs to make public far more than they have."
57% "But that didn't satisfy Democrats, who urged him to say as much publicly -- and to be specific."
-55% "Multiple Capitol Hill sources emphasized that it's rare for Pelosi, a veteran of the House Intelligence Committee and member of the so-called Gang of Eight -- the small, bipartisan group of lawmakers given access to high-level intelligence briefings -- to express such sharp frustrations in that setting."
-56% "I don't know what the point is of collecting all this intelligence on foreign interference if you're not ever prepared to tell the public what's going on."
-61% "-- there's no reason for not making that information public."
-65% "Evanina ultimately acknowledged that Russia is again trying to boost President Donald Trump's reelection and denigrate his opponent, the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, sources who attended the briefing said."
-71% "Democrats have described the statement as so vague as to be almost meaningless."
-73% "What I'm concerned about is that the American people should be better informed, she said."
-93% "He added that if the Russians are sending agents to the U.S. to interfere in the election, I don't care whether they are working for Republicans or Democrats"

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93% : An official with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Evanina, in his statement last week, was "quite clear that the Intelligence Community will continue to update the American public and other key stakeholders on threats to the election and steps for mitigation.
93% : The tensions at Friday's briefing come amid a public and highly unusual spat between the Democratic and Republican sides of the Gang of Eight over how much information to share with the public about election interference and about Russia's efforts specifically.
91% : Multiple sources who attended the briefing told POLITICO that both Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
91% : chastised William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, for issuing a statement last week warning the public of election interference by China, Russia, and Iran.
86% : The sharp exchange at the briefing underscores a fraying relationship between Trump administration intelligence leaders and Capitol Hill Democrats with less than 100 days before the 2020 election.
86% : But whether that hearing will even happen is still in doubt.
86% : "Leader Schumer and I wrote to them and said, 'tell the truth to the American people,' and for some reason they are withholding it," she added.
78% : Asked if she had any recourse to force the administration to comply, Pelosi said: "We'll see."
77% : Evanina responded by saying that the statement released last week was only the beginning of the process of warning the public about the foreign interference campaigns, and said he expected Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to reveal more about it during a Worldwide Threats hearing -- an annual, public briefing to lawmakers by top intelligence and national security officials about the top threats facing the country.
75% : Members were buzzing about it on the House floor later, they said.
71% : With fewer than 100 days until the election, concerns about Russian interference via Ukrainian actors are coming to a head among Democrats, who see an ongoing effort by the Kremlin to damage Biden and are pushing the Trump administration for more direct and specific public statements about the threat.
70% : After she exited the briefing, Pelosi voiced some of her frustrations to reporters.
68% : Democrats are wary that Trump -- who has previously indicated he'd consider accepting foreign help -- might seek to squelch or downplay intelligence suggesting a foreign power was interfering on his behalf.
64% : Aides to Pelosi, and Hoyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
61% : Acting Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Marco Rubio said this week that "it's become harder to get to an agreement on a forum that doesn't turn into a political circus," citing "heavy politicization" of intelligence on the foreign interference issue.
59% : Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who has already seen some of the intelligence surrounding the foreign election interference efforts, said he believes the administration and the intelligence community "needs to make public far more than they have.
57% : But that didn't satisfy Democrats, who urged him to say as much publicly -- and to be specific.
56% : Evanina is set to give an election security briefing to the full Senate next week, beginning on Monday.
45% : Multiple Capitol Hill sources emphasized that it's rare for Pelosi, a veteran of the House Intelligence Committee and member of the so-called Gang of Eight -- the small, bipartisan group of lawmakers given access to high-level intelligence briefings -- to express such sharp frustrations in that setting.
44% : "I don't know what the point is of collecting all this intelligence on foreign interference if you're not ever prepared to tell the public what's going on."
42% : Pelosi told CNN later that "there's some very specific ways" that the Russians are interfering "that I'm not at liberty divulge, but we think the intelligence community can do, without jeopardizing sources and methods."
41% : "There are individuals who are openly inserting themselves into the 2020 election, and if we have confidence about their connection to foreign governments then the American public deserves to know that," Murphy said.
39% : -- there's no reason for not making that information public."
35% : Evanina ultimately acknowledged that Russia is again trying to boost President Donald Trump's reelection and denigrate his opponent, the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, sources who attended the briefing said.
33% : "That's what I'm concerned about."
29% : Democrats have described the statement as so vague as to be "almost meaningless."
27% : "What I'm concerned about is that the American people should be better informed," she said.
25% : Meanwhile, Trump allies say Democrats are seeking to weaponize classified intelligence to damage Trump in the final months of the campaign.
24% : The threats hearing was supposed to take place in January but was delayed after the intelligence officials asked for it to be moved entirely behind closed-doors over fears their assessments might anger Trump, who has long questioned the intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
22% : "Unlike some, we don't comment on the content of classified briefings," the official said.
7% : He added that "if the Russians are sending agents to the U.S. to interfere in the election, I don't care whether they are working for Republicans or Democrats

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