President Donald Trump will not be receiving an expected intelligence report on foreign threats to the 2020 election as it will now reportedly be delayed.
Although Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe revealed that there was “foreign interference by China, Iran, and Russia” in the November U.S. elections, “career intelligence officials” have reportedly said they will not meet the December 18 deadline to release an assessment to the president.
The classified report, which is due 45 days after the election per an Executive Order by the president, is now being postponed as “relevant reporting” has affected the coordination of information by the intelligence community, according to the office of the DNI.
But Fox News reported that there has been a “dispute among senior intelligence analysts” over the extent of China’s efforts to interfere in last month’s election. Trump, who was accompanied by Ratcliffe to the Army-Navy football game last weekend, will now not be handed the 2020 Intelligence Community Assessment on Friday as was expected.
Traveling with President Trump to honor America’s armed forces at today’s Army-Navy game, college football’s greatest rivalry pic.twitter.com/A56NVZgawT
— John Ratcliffe (@DNI_Ratcliffe) December 12, 2020
CBS News senior correspondent Catherine Herridge reported that Ratcliffe had noted election interference in 2020 by China, Iran, and Russia and was anticipating the report.
“DNI Ratcliffe leads the 17 intelligence agencies and he has access to the most highly classified information that is held by the US government,” Herridge reported Wednesday. “And he told CBS News that there was foreign interference by China, Iran, and Russia in November of this year and he is anticipating a public report on those findings in January.”
CBS News Senior Correspondent @CBS_Herridge reports that @DNI_Ratcliffe has “told CBS News that there was foreign election interference by China, #Iran, and Russia in November of this year .”
More to come.pic.twitter.com/bxoWeys5FZ
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) December 16, 2020
But in a statement Wednesday evening, Amanda Schoch, assistant DNI for Strategic Communications, announced that the report was not going to be released on time.
“This afternoon the DNI was notified by career intelligence officials that the Intelligence Community will not meet the December 18 deadline, set by Executive Order and Congress, to submit the IC’s classified assessment on foreign threats to the 2020 U.S. elections,” Schoch wrote.
“to submit the IC’s classified assessment on foreign threats to the 2020 U.S. elections. The IC has received relevant reporting since the election and a number of agencies have not finished coordinating on the product.” (2/3)
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) December 16, 2020
“The DNI is committed to providing this report to our customers expeditiously.” (3/3)
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) December 16, 2020
Some senior intelligence analysts were reportedly “adamant” that China was seeking to influence the 2020 presidential election, and that there was “ample raw intelligence” to back those views, according to Fox News sources. Others, however, disagree and contend that the communist nation’s efforts were only “minimal” or they did not pan out.
A senior intelligence official told Fox News that “all that Ratcliffe wants is for the intelligence to be reflected accurately and honestly with regard to China and everything else.”
Another intelligence official told the network that “proper analytic tradecraft would stipulate that when there are competing views like this, that both views should be captured in the report.”
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell seemed to have the same view, tweeting out on Wednesday that Ratcliffe is “standing up for career analysts who want their views to be accurately reflected. In other words, fighting to keep intelligence from being politicized.”
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 16, 2020
Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray had already warned before the election that Russia and Iran were seeking to interfere in the outcome of the race by trying to damage Trump’s chances.
“These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries,” Ratcliffe said at the time.
He also warned that China is the “greatest national security threat that we face,” during an interview with Fox News earlier this month.
The reported dispute in the intelligence community on the level of China’s threat to the U.S. comes despite reports that have revealed a Chinese spy scandal involving Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. The delay in getting the intelligence report to the president, who still has not conceded the 2020 race to Democrat Joe Biden, was slammed as unacceptable by social media users.
It feels like this should be a bigger deal.
— RW (@FooFather) December 17, 2020
💥This is big news💥
— Sue 💜🥄🇺🇸 (@skippidtydo_da) December 17, 2020
— TeresaGrace (@tepperson0101) December 17, 2020
Hope trump takes them all down for what they have done
— michelle tudor (@shellfromhell78) December 16, 2020
— Sharing the Journey (@SharingtheJour2) December 17, 2020
Ratcliffe ought to just release what he has, this seems to be willful subversion by the IC
— Austins Ossai (@Aossai) December 17, 2020
the swamp is deep
— Allen (@Allen41969931) December 17, 2020
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