Source familiar w/house briefing @CBSNews says briefers pressed for evidence to back up claims Russia “trying to help POTUS in 2020.” Asked if there was signals intelligence – such as phone intercepts or “SIGINT” – to back up claims, source said briefers had none to offer #DNI
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) February 21, 2020
This is how you know how badly the Democrats did in the last debate, they’re trying to resurrect the Russia hoax again. Badly.
Leaks about last week’s secretive briefing given to the House Intelligence Committee about Russia’s intentions in 2020 sparked contradictions and denials in the nation’s capital.
A national security official cited by CNN’s Jake Tapper disputed the framing of stories from the New York Times and other outlets on Thursday that spoke of an intelligence assessment finding Russia is attempting to interfere in 2020’s election to benefit President Trump.
The source, who Tapper said “I know and trust” and was in agreement with “others with firsthand knowledge,” also added context to disputed claims from sources cited by the Washington Post that Trump is removing former Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire because the spy chief’s team briefed members of Congress about the assessment.
The classified briefing happened last Thursday and was conducted by Shelby Pierson, the Intelligence Community election threats executive under Maguire. During the meeting, Pierson warned that “Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump reelected,” according to five people cited by the New York Times.