The Office of the Director of National Intelligence tells Congressional intelligence committees that they will no longer be allowed to ask questions about election security.
Normally, Intelligence officials meet with Congressional committees for in-person briefings on election security. The briefings allow committee members to clarify information that might seem confusing or vague, among other things. Instead, those committees will begin receiving written updates.
The Justice Department, Homeland Security, and Defense Department will continue to brief Congressional intelligence committees on election security, but that shouldn’t inspire any optimism. Both the Department of Justice (William Barr) and Homeland Security (Chad Wolf) are under the leadership of Trump-appointed officials who have repeated the president’s election conspiracies and protester fear mongering.
The current Director of National Intelligence is John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. Representative. He was sworn in on May 26, 2020, ten months after Donald Trump first nominated him. His nomination in July 2019 received heavy criticism from Senate Republicans, former Intelligence officials, and the media.
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