CIA Holding Back Russian Hacking Intel from Congress

The CIA has chosen to hold off providing key information on the alleged “Russian interference” in the U.S. elections to Congress. Expectedly, members of the House Intelligence Committee are infuriated with this decision, after reports have surmised that the Russians interfered to boost President-elect Donald Trump’s chances to win the election.

After the CIA rejected a meeting with the committee members on Thursday to discuss the findings, Rep. Peter King of Long Island accused the U.S. intelligence agency of enabling a “disinformation campaign.” In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Rep. King said “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.”

“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,” King continued.

This comes after NBC reported Russian President Vladimir Putin was “personally involved” in interfering with the elections by commanding a group to hack the Democratic National Committee. The Washington Post also published an investigation stating the reason for the hacking was to aid Trump and his campaign.

“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,” King claimed. “It’s their job to come. They don’t have any choice. They have to come in, especially when they have created this.”

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is also disgruntled with the CIA and their lack of initiative to debrief Congress on need-to-know details regarding the foreign hacking. “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 to the press.

The interview between Rep. King and Kelly can be viewed below:

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