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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Intel community refuses to brief lawmakers

Lawmakers alleged Wednesday that the intel community is refusing to brief the House Intelligence Committee regarding claims of Russian interference in our presidential election--and boy, are they angry.

Outspoken Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said to Fox News, "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. It's their job to come. They don't have any choice. They have to come in, especially when they have created this."

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted: "If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?"

If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?

Trump makes a good point, but even more, all the hacking occurred on Obama's watch after he made fun of Mitt Romney who said that Russia is our biggest geopolitical threat, and after Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on an open mic that after the 2012 reelection he wouls be "more flexible."

Chairman of the House committee, Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) originally asked for a closed, classified briefing for members of the CIA, FBI, NSA and ODNI.

But the CIA declined to provide a briefer, citing its focus on the full review requested by comrade Obama. The other agencies didn't even respond to the committee's request, in spite of the fact that the panel is the most-senior committee with jurisdiction.

"It 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," Nunes said in a statement. "The Committee is deeply concerned that intransigence in sharing intelligence with Congress can enable the manipulation of intelligence for political purposes."

What has become abundantly clear is how politicized all of our supposedly 'nonpartisan' government agencies have become under the Obama administration.

But the intelligence community? That's frightening.

King spoke about the irony in the lack of cooperation. "The concensus was that there was an attempt by the Russians to put a cloud over the election, to create disunity. Well, that's what's happening right now, but it's the intelligence community that's doing it."

King said lawmakers didn't receive any assessment from the CIA indicating that Russia interfered to help Trump win the presidency over Hillary Clinton, as alleged by the rag The Washington Post.

The intelligence community attempted to defend its position on Wednesday, releasing a statement saying senior administration officials regularly provide "extensive, detailed classified and unclassified briefings to members and staff from both parties on Capitol Hill." 

The statement said they are focusing on the review Obama ordered on foreign efforts to influence our elections. But that's just the intelligence community trying to 'blow smoke'.

"Once the review is complete in the coming weeks, the Intelligence Community stands ready to brief Congress--and will make those finding available to the public consistent with protecting intelligence sources and methods. We will not offer any comment until the review is complete," the statement read.

King said that "it's almost 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 of the Senate who's leaking false information and there should be a full investigation of this," King added.

The "lame duck" and the "old cluck" simply refuse to go away and I believe that one or both of them are in on it.

I say Congress should subpoena the intel community.