The speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the Special Committee on intelligence reacted to the decision of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States to abandon the briefings on the issue of foreign interference in the elections.
Russia is “actively taking several measures aimed at undermining the presidential elections” in the United States and at ensuring their result, which, “according to the Kremlin, best meets its interests.” This opinion was expressed by the speaker of the House of Representatives of the US Congress Nancy Pelosi (Democrat, from California) and the Chairman of the Special Committee of the lower house on intelligence Adam Schiff (Democrat, also representing California).
The document was released in connection with the decision of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to refuse to brief members of Congress, including the intelligence committees of both houses, on the issue of “foreign efforts to interfere” in the election. According to the authors of the statement, such briefings were planned for mid-September and were canceled. “This is a shocking rejection of the legal obligation to keep Congress informed and a betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to undermine our democracy,” Pelosi and Schiff believe. They suggested that the administration of US President Donald Trump is making “politicized efforts” to hide information related to the vote from lawmakers and the American people, and this is happening at a time when “greater transparency and accountability are required.”
Pelosi and Schiff accused Trump of promoting a “false narrative”
The Speaker and Chairman of the Special Committee are confident that the current head of state, assistant to the US President for national security Robert O’Brien and the head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) John Ratcliffe are trying to promote a “false narrative” about the alleged equal interest of some countries in the outcome of the American elections. At the same time, the goals and actions of Russia, China, and Iran in this direction are “not the same,” and the Russian Federation is also “actively taking several measures” to undermine the impartiality of the vote, Pelosi and Schiff believe. At the same time, they do not indicate what these possible efforts of the Kremlin are and do not provide any evidence that could confirm their similar assessments.
Earlier, Donald Trump attributed the refusal of ODNI briefings to the possibility of leaks of classified information.