Republicans unhappy at rebuff by intel agencies on Russia
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.