CIA has declined a request by the House Intelligence Committee to brief lawmakers on claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and carried out cyber attacks in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump win.
And Republican lawmakers are furious over the decision.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a member of the intel committee, told Fox News Wednesday that the CIA’s refusal to brief Congress on Thursday “violates all protocols” and makes it appear as if “people in the intelligence community are carrying out a disinformation campaign against the president-elect of the United States.”
“It's absolutely disgraceful and if they're not doing it, then it must be someone in the House or the Senate who's leaking false information and there should be a full investigation of this,” he added.
King also claimed there has never been credible proof provided to Congress that there was a foreign-led attempt to help one candidate over another.
“[James] Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said that publicly on November 17th,” he said.
In a scathing Wednesday statement, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said it is is “unacceptable that the Intelligence Community directors would not fulfill the House Intelligence Committee's request to be briefed tomorrow on the cyber-attacks that occurred during the presidential campaign.”
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday that senior administration officials have “regularly provided extensive, detailed classified and unclassified briefings to members and staff from both parties on Capitol Hill.”
The statement continued:
“Last week, the President ordered a full Intelligence Community review of foreign efforts to influence recent Presidential elections – from 2008 to present. Once the review is complete in the coming weeks, the Intelligence Community stands ready to brief Congress—and will make those findings available to the public consistent with protecting intelligence sources and methods. We will not offer any comment until the review is complete.”
There is also an effort currently underway among Democratic electors to demand a briefing on the Russian hacking claims ahead of Trump's inauguration. So far, 50 Democratic electors have demanded an intelligence briefing.