Repub­li­cans un­happy at re­buff by in­tel agen­cies on Rus­sia

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — David Sherfin­ski

Top Repub­li­can mem­bers of Congress say the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity has re­buffed their re­quests for brief­ings on re­ports of re­cent Rus­sian hack­ing to in­flu­ence the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Sen. Ron John­son, Wis­con­sin Repub­li­can, said that in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials turned down his re­quest for a brief­ing in the wake of re­cent re­ports that the CIA be­lieves Rus­sia ac­tively med­dled in the elec­tion to boost Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

“I asked for … a brief­ing from the CIA this morn­ing,” Mr. John­son, who chairs the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Home­land Se­cu­rity and Gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, said on Fox News. “They re­fused a brief­ing, so I don’t know what’s up with that.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can and chair­man of the House Per­ma­nent Se­lect Com­mit­tee on In­tel­li­gence, said last week that it is “un­ac­cept­able” that the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity would not ful­fill a re­quest from the panel to be briefed about cy­ber­at­tacks that oc­curred dur­ing the cam­paign.

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