The director of national intelligence, John Ratcliffe, in a hastily put together news conference late Wednesday with FBI and Homeland Security authorities, said that Iran and Russia had managed to steal citizen registration info and were targeting citizens, spreading disinformation planned to damage President Donald Trump.
However Ratcliffe’s warnings immediately drew skeptical reactions from Democratic lawmakers, some of whom had actually been informed in private about the disturbance. They specifically contested that the actions by Iran were intended to hurt Trump.
Rather of listening to Ratcliffe, your house Homeland Security Committee said in its Twitter feed that Americans should listen to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Facilities Security Firm. Wray and Krebs stood with Ratcliffe at the Wednesday evening press briefing.
” Ratcliffe has FREQUENTLY politicized the Intelligence Community to bring water for the President,” the committee– led by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.– stated in a tweet.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer also doubted Ratcliffe’s conclusions.
” I had the strong impression it was much rather to weaken self-confidence in elections and not aimed at any specific figure,” Schumer said on MSNBC.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi informed CQ Roll Call on Thursday, “I believe we have to be really cautious about any statements coming out from the intelligence neighborhood 13 days prior to the election.”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., appearing on SiriusXM’s The Dean Obeidallah Program, said, “Among the real disasters of the Trump administration is that they have damaged a few of our organizations that have been, for the a lot of part, sort of insulated from partisan politics. And as a result of that corruption, they have actually put in the head of the DNI a political hack who does the president’s bidding, which’s what we have sadly in John Ratcliffe.”
At the Wednesday news conference, Ratcliffe stated Iran had used citizen details and was “sending spoofed e-mails, designed to frighten voters, prompt social unrest and damage President Trump.”
Ratcliffe also stated emails to voters included a video declaring voter frau