A number of House Democrats including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) went to the White House on Tuesday to attend a classified briefing on reports about Russians offering bounties to Afghan militants to target Americans.
Hoyer also requested House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (CA), Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (WA), Reps. Gregory Meeks (NY), Brad Sherman (CA), Bill Keating (MA), Ruben Gallego (AZ), Abigail Spanberger (VA), and Elissa Slotkin (MI) all attend, but it is not known whether all of them were actually present.
After the briefing, Hoyer complained that the Democrats were not briefed by members of the intel community and that they didn’t get useful information. “We did not receive any new substantive information,” he said.
Republicans had attended a briefing on the matter Monday after it was leaked to The New York Times that President Donald Trump knew about the Russians’ alleged actions and didn’t do anything about it.
“Russia hoax” 2.0?
Trump said the intel about the situation had been “unverified” and that it was not reported to him prior to the leak. He accused the New York Times of having published “fake news” about his knowledge and involvement, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax,” he tweeted Sunday night.
“Among other things, they informed us there is an ongoing review to determine the accuracy of these reports, and we believe it is important to let this review take place before any retaliatory actions are taken,” House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul of Texas and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said after the Monday briefing, adding that Democrats are trying to politicize the issue.
McCaul and Kinzinger also said that if the intel reports turn out to be true, that the Trump administration should take quick action against Russia. “The Putin regime cannot be trusted,” they said.
Democrats complained about being left out of Monday’s briefing, but a Trump staffer said that administration officials did reach out to them on Sunday in an attempt to arrange a meeting.
Let’s face it: Democrats were going to complain and be dissatisfied no matter what was said in the briefing. Their confirmation bias has led them to assume that the leaker is correct and Trump is guilty before one word was said.
Unless the officials conducting the briefing had told Democrats that Trump was guilty of colluding with Russia and that he would be resigning immediately, Democrats were going to complain, as they have been doing for the last three-plus years.
They don’t want the truth, they just want to get Trump.