Lawmakers fume over agency refusal to brief House panel on Russia hacking claims

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December 15, 2016

Anger on Capitol Hill boiled over Wednesday night after the intelligence community’s alleged “intransigence” forced the cancellation of a House Intelligence Committee briefing on claims of Russian interference in the U.S. election.

“Somebody has the time to leak it to The Washington Post and The New York Times, but they don’t have the time to come to Congress,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a member of the committee, told Fox News’ “The Kelly File.” “It’s their job to come. They don’t have any choice. They have to come in, especially when they have created this.”

Amid concerns about reports that conflict with details previously provided to the committee, Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., originally had requested a closed, classified briefing for members from the FBI, CIA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and National Security Agency.

But Fox News was told the CIA Director John Brennan declined to provide a briefer, citing its focus on the full review requested by President Obama. The other agencies did not respond to the committee’s request, which is unusual given the panel is the most-senior committee with jurisdiction.

Nunes had to cancel the briefing in response.

  • Walter Flatt

    DO AWAY WITH THE ELECTROCIAL COLLEGE AND ALLOW THE MOST WINNER OF STATES TO BE OUR PRESIDENT, THEN EVERY STATE WOULD HAVE EQUALLY AUTHORITY. IN CASE OF A TIE, LET THE SATALITE ISLANDS HAVE ONE VOTE TO BREAK IT. SIMPLE.

    • Rodney Steward

      If you do this Walter, you’re digging into the Constitution, it’s not right! This is all being made up, from Hellary’s popular vote to Obama’s approval ratings, to the Russian bullshi$, it’s a scam!!

    • goldie

      Asinine. There would never be another fair election after that. The only reason she “won” the popular vote is because of voter fraud – but who checks into that? EVERY STATE needs to have a say in who is chosen for president – there is such a thing as sovereignty of states – and this would end with a “popular vote” election. One of the reasons the founding fathers made the electoral college is to PREVENT voter fraud – it is hard to know where they need to cheat; they may not cheat in the right place at the right time. Anyone who denies voter fraud is simply sticking their head in the sand. In the face of all the cheating that is done, why would you want to hand them a sure win? I repeat: Asinine.

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  • Walter Flatt

    PUTIN HAS HIS HANDS FULL WITH RUSSIA AND IF YOU THINK HE TOOK THE TIME TO DO THIS YOU ARE NUTS. PEOPLE HAD BETTER SHUT UP, WE NEED PUTING TO HELP KILL THE MUSLIM UNRISING WORLDWIDE.

    COULD WE HAVE BEEN SET UP FOR A MUSLIM INVASION, IF NOT WHY ARE THERE 36+ MUSLIM CAMPS IN THE USA, 5 IN N. VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON DC, PLUS A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE WITH ARMED GUARDS, SOME MORE THAN ONE. ARE THEY TO HOUSE AND TRAIN MUSLIMS? FOLKS OUR POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON HAD BETTER START THINKING AND PLANNING. IT WOULD BE HARD TO GO UP AGAINST A COUPLE THOUSAND WELL ARMED MUSLIMS WANTING TO KILL EVERYONE. HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT WOULD TAKE THEM TO TAKE A MILITARY BASE, ( OUR TROOPS NOT ARMED) OR WASHINGTON DC? OBAMA SAID ON NATIONWIDE TV THAT HE WAS A MUSLIM AND HE WOULD GO WITH THEM IN CASE OF CONFLICT.

    • goldie

      Then why would you want a popular vote? We would have a Democrat president every time because of the cheating in the dem-controlled cities. Who do you think created this mess – Republicans?

  • Bob

    Is it not obvious by their declination to provide to Congress a briefing to prove the current rumors and inuendos that they really don’t have jack? It is another example of how, once you tell some folks to put up, they shut up instead.

  • Tiger

    Well just fume until you self ignite but you don’t get briefing without a Secret Clearance and yu telling me they don’t know this? Takes weeks and an interview that goes so deep into your life that if you ever even thought of belonging to an anti-American group your toast.

    I know I have had mine upped twice. Long process.

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