Democratic Leaders Demand FBI Briefing on ‘Ongoing’ Threat of Election Interference 1
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The top Democrats on Capitol Hill have sounded the alarm over what they said are serious and specific efforts from foreign entities to interfere in the 2020 elections and have requested an immediate briefing on the matter for Congress from federal authorities on the subject. 

In a July 13 letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), joined by the top Democrats of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, wrote they are “gravely concerned… that Congress appears to be the target of a concerted foreign interference campaign, which seeks to launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election in November.” 

The letter was made public on Monday in a press release from Pelosi, Schumer, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA). The group framed the threat as “ongoing” and urgent enough to warrant an all-member briefing “at the earliest possible opportunity” before Congress is scheduled to recess in August, and asked Wray to outline a plan for scheduling the briefing by today. 

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