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Trump's Halt to Election-Security Briefings Worries Many

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Trump's Halt to Election-Security Briefings Worries Many

DNI Ratcliffe’s edict comes just two months ahead of Election Day, with Russia, China and Iran all intent on influencing the outcome.

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9/1/20
Experts, lawmakers and former federal officials expressed deep concerns about the Trump administration’s decision to discontinue in-person briefings for Congress regarding election security threats, saying the move undermines transparency and electoral confidence at a critical time. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe informed Congress on Friday that his office will no longer provide the briefings on election security matters and will instead provide written updates. Ratcliffe’s edict comes just two months ahead of Election Day, with Russia, China and Iran all intent on influencing the outcome, according to a recent statement by National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina. Ratcliffe––who was confirmed in May following controversy over his qualifications––justified the decision as a way to prevent leaks and said the new method will meet statutory requirements. However, the change was met with criticism and concern by many.

Congress cannot ask questions of written updates.

This is the clearest signal yet that Trump is trying to hide the efforts of foreign governments to assist him in the 2020 election.
 

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Oh well.

USA was a good idea in theory.

Trumps country now.

I’m afraid “concern” doesn’t cut it.

You are literally slow walking yourselves into authoritarianism.

Even his detractors, “concern”.

Laughable.
 
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