Intelligence agencies are refusing to brief members of Congress on claims that Russia hacked the U.S. presidential election, as Rep. Peter King charged that false information is being leaked to the media as part of a disinformation campaign to discredit Donald Trump.
Labeling the move “absolutely disgraceful,” Congressman Peter King told Megyn Kelly there was no evidence that Russia directly intervened to help Trump and no proof that this has changed since DNI director James Clapper’s conclusion on November 17th that Russia had no role in the release of the DNC or Podesta emails before the election.
“There is no consensus opinion, and yet we find it in the New York Times and the Washington Post and yet the House Committee on Intelligence was told nothing about this,” said King.
“This violates all protocols and it’s almost as if people in the intelligence community are carrying out a disinformation campaign against the president elect of the United States,” added King, noting that someone in the House or Senate could also be leaking false information.
“Somebody has the time to leak it to the New York Times and the Washington Post but they don’t have the time to come to Congress and it’s the House Committee on Intelligence that has the absolute jurisdiction over the CIA and the intelligence community,” said King, emphasizing that he had seen no evidence for that claim that Russia hacked anything and that it was more likely an attempt to discredit Trump’s administration.
“Why didn’t they tell the House Intelligence Committee?” asked King. “If something so dramatic happened between November 17th and this week to change their assessment, didn’t they have the obligation to come before the Congress and tell us that.”
Nobody at the CIA is speaking, no one’s on the record, if it is true they’re leaking it and that’s a crime,” added King, concluding that the whole thing “stinks”.
After members of the intelligence community declined a request to brief the House Intelligence Committee on the issue, Chairman Devin Nunes shot back, asserting that, “The Committee is deeply concerned that intransigence in sharing intelligence with Congress can enable the manipulation of intelligence for political purposes.”
“The fact that both agency heads would refuse to brief congress on the issue is further evidence the entire construct is demonstrably false, intended solely to create an anti-Trump narrative and undermine the incoming presidency,” comments the Conservative Treehouse blog.
Meanwhile, NBC News is reporting that, “U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.”
Once again, no evidence whatsoever is presented to validate this claim, only anonymous “diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies.” The report also admits that “the FBI and other agencies don’t fully endorse that view”.
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