#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama


The administration is gearing up to brief lawmakers on election security as the country wades deeper into the 2020 primaries. 



The briefings will come a week after Super Tuesday, when primary voters in more than a dozen states will head to the polls. On March 10, voters in six more states will cast ballots. 






“The President has selected an individual without any intelligence experience to serve as the leader of the nation’s intelligence community in an acting capacity,” Warner said in a statement.


The drama around Maguire’s exit skyrocketed Thursday after The Washington Post reported that Trump erupted at the acting Director of National Intelligence over concerns about Maguire’s staff’s loyalty.


Trump decided against nominating Maguire for the post on a permanent basis after learning a member of his staff, Shelby Pierson, gave a classified briefing on Thursday to the House Intelligence Committee regarding election security, people familiar with the matter told the Post.




Trump argued Friday that Democrats were behind the leaked discussions and called the reports that intelligence officials informed Congress of Russian interference in the 2020 race to help his reelection a “misinformation campaign.”



Election security has emerged as a political hotspot during the Trump administration. Congress included an additional $425 million in election money in a government funding package passed late last year.


But Senate Democrats have repeatedly gone to the floor to try to pass additional legislation, including a requirement that campaigns contact the FBI and Federal Election Commission over offers of foreign assistance.




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