Report: House Intelligence Committee Abruptly Cancels Briefing After CIA Declined to Attend

The_Real_Fly's picture

The current hysteria over Russian interference doesn't infer that they hacked the voting itself, but instead made available true information about the Hillary Clinton campaign, by way of Wikileaks, which then swayed public opinion to vote in favor of Trump. In other words, Podesta, Clinton and their media shills are still corrupt bastards, beholden to Saudi Arabia and China -- but had the American people never learned about it via the Wikileaks, well then, they might've voted for her instead of Trump.

In a nut shell, that's the democrat argument for fomenting war against Russia and to overturn the will of the people. Again, no one is questioning the validity of the votes, but the souls of men and how they felt after reading the Wikileaks.

Fox News is reporting the House Committee has abruptly canceled a briefing scheduled for tomorrow -- due to the CIA not making anyone available to attend. As of now, the CIA is refusing to comment on the matter, until their full assessment of the situation is made available to President Obama before 1/20/17.

Source: Fox

The House Intelligence Committee abruptly canceled a briefing set for Thursday on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, after the CIA declined to provide a briefer for the session, Fox News is told.

Amid concerns about reports that conflict with details previously provided to the committee, Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., had requested a closed, classified briefing Thursday for committee Republican and Democratic members from the FBI, CIA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence and National Security Agency.

But Fox News is told the CIA declined citing its focus on the full review requested by President Obama, and the other agencies did not respond to the committee’s request, which is unusual given the panel is the most-senior committee with jurisdiction.

"It is unacceptable that the Intelligence Community directors would not fulfill the House Intelligence Committee’s request to be briefed tomorrow on the cyber-attacks that occurred during the presidential campaign," Nunes said in a statement. "The Committee is deeply concerned that intransigence in sharing intelligence with Congress can enable the manipulation of intelligence for political purposes."

"Last week, the President ordered a full Intelligence Community review of foreign efforts to influence recent Presidential elections – from 2008 to present," the statement added. "Once the review is complete in the coming weeks, the Intelligence Community stands ready to brief Congress—and will make those findings available to the public consistent with protecting intelligence sources and methods. We will not offer any comment until the review is complete."

Separately, Fox News has learned additional details about the “full review” President Obama ordered from his intelligence agencies regarding Russian interference.

The review is being led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and is a multi-agency effort. Investigators plan to take existing intelligence and reconstruct what happened.

Fox News is told one focus is on whether there is new intelligence that substantiates analysis the interference was designed to ensure a Trump victory, or whether a review of the existing intelligence with “fresh eyes” leads to new conclusions.

Some lawmakers, on both sides of the aisle, have backed calls for a separate congressional investigation, voicing concern that Obama’s intelligence agencies might not be able to conduct a thorough review before he leaves office.

Given statements from the White House, Fox News is told there is considerable pressure on the intelligence community to declassify as much of the findings as possible before Jan. 20, when Trump is set to take the oath of office.

As of yesterday, 55 electors are asking for information regarding the Russian scare and if Trump knew anything about it. What the fuck?

The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.

Judging by libtards comments like the one featured below, there are many on the left who believe the election result isn't conclusive.

Thoughts? butthurt The electoral college is scheduled to vote on December 19th.


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mrdenis's picture

No way will Mad dog let this election taken from the rightful winner ....

grunk's picture

Of the 55, how many are pledged to Trump?

LyLo's picture

From what I can tell, looks like they're still at 1...  Man, they really need to step it up; we're only a couple days away from Trump *stealing* the White House!!!  lol

Joebloinvestor's picture

Trump needs to clean house and fast.

robertsgt40's picture

Obama gonna be a prick until the last day.  He easily took the prize from Bush2 for being the worst president in history.  Michael being at his side didn't help.

robertsgt40's picture

Obama/Michael--two dicks for the price of one. 

Hata Mari's picture

"We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States."

Umm, NO. You were not chosen to deliberate the decision of the States Populace, you were chosen to be a mouthpiece of the voters. There is nothing to deliberate; you vote the way the people of your State told you to.

Secondly, this 'but but but, The Federalist Papers'. Last I checked, the Constitution was the Law of the Land, not The Federalist Papers. The Federalist Papers are nothing more than a series of articles and essays written to promote the passage of the Constitution and reflects the opinions of the writers: Hamilton, Madison and Jay. If there is something contained within the Papers that didn't make it to the Constitution, then IT ISN'T THE LAW!

Hannibal's picture
Donald Trump Will Ruthlessly Decimate the CIA for Turning on Him,....

NBC and CIA have exceeded all bounds in their attacks on Donald Trump and the Americans who freely elected him their president. They clearly have no idea who they are dealing with
skunzie's picture

Why is the RNC and The Donald so quiet about this gigantic lie?  Even nothing of substance from Hitlery.  This whole dog and pony show is getting wierder by the day!

just the tip's picture

i am aware that there are many committees in congress.  some have identical sounding names.  some leave out a word or two, or rearrange a word or two.

the author references something called "the house intelligence committee" in his posting.  ok, sounds good. but just to be pedantic.

mike pompeo, currently trump's guy to head up the see eye aye, is a current member of "the house permanent select committee on intelligence".  that is the official title of the committee, and as the author references the chair  of the committee being a guy named nunes, and separte sources indicate a guy named nunes is chair of "the house permanent select committee on inteligence", i am concluding they are one in the same.  the guy and the committee referenced in the article.

so i'm wondering if maybe the see eye aye doesn't want to perform in front of it's furture boss.

scraping_by's picture

Back up, everyone.

Remember the Clinton campaign and the DNC (same thing) has never claimed that CIA intelligence, either raw data or analysis, has any evidence of Russian hacking. It's always been individual intelligence officers who have a feeling that this self-serving conspiracy theory may have some sort of basis. And while there's too damn much of this insider gossip in the Washington swamp, it's still insider gossip and not product.

The Agency never sent anyone to this circle jerk because their position is neither confirm or deny. Which doesn't mean it's plausible, it means that Barry might get weepy and start chopping heads, the way he did when the General Staff mutinied against his Syrian war in 2013. Remember, dears, it's still neocons in charge until next month.


Knave Dave's picture

Are you insane? Hillary Clinton repeated this nonsense that Russia was hacking her MANY times! How did you miss the hundreds of times she said it? In doing so, she often repeated the lie that "Seventeen intelligence AGENCIES [ not agents ] say Russia is hacking the election." That was a known lie when she said it, but the Libtard media kept repeating the lie in order to roll it around and polish it enough to turn it into their version of "true news," which means the same thing as "truespeak" in Orwellian language. In reality, FIFTEEN agencies said only that it looked "LIKE something the Russians would do." In other words, it had their M.O. Two stated outright it WAS the Russians, one of which was the CIA. One, the FBI stated outright that the CIA had no proof at all and was jumping to conclusions. The media and the DNC and Hillary in particular, while CONSTANTLY repeating the lie, sometimes in the form of "all intelligence agencies agree..." never mentioned once that Wikileaks stated the information did NOT come from the Russian government. (That still left the door of it comeing from some other Russian, but now one man has stepped forward and said he was Wikileaks intermediary for getting the emails, and that the person he got them from was a Sanders supporter who wanted to prove how awful the DNC was being to Sanders).

This is how fake news is created. The liberal media doesn't investigate stories at all. It mindlessly repeats whatever it is fed, and it doesn't even follow through with leads that indicate the things it is saying are false. "Reporters" on in the mainstream media should have noted that Assange has never been proven to lie about anything he has released. They should have noted that NO ONE at the DNC, not even Hillary, was denying that any of the emails were true. They should have grilled the DNC about emails that said its consultants created protests and violence at Trump rallies. They just let all the stuff that was truth float right on by and kept regurgitating the lies fed to them by the DNC.

gregga777's picture

Bucking Ofama, the LGBTQQPedophile-K9HorseDonkeyGoatKat-MonkeyBLMWhatever Kenyan PLOTUS (Pathological Liar Of The United States), is NOT a traitor. He's NOT a traitor because he's not an American citizen. He IS an enemy agent in the employ of the likes of George Soros, the banking gangsters and the DimmoMarxists.

The DimmoMarxists, the CIA and the Conporate Mainstream & Social Media and Entertainment Oligopoly all conspired to coverup these facts. That's why they are all terrified. Hillary Rotten Rodent Clinton and her KKK (Klinton Krime Klan) Pedophiles R' Us were going to continue covering up these facts with irredeemable LIARy "Bill the Pedophile's Pimp" Clinton as President.

But, President Donald Trump is going to expose all of their treasonous activities and traitorous lying. The DimmoMarxists, the CIA and the Conporate MSM are going to be lucky if they only get hung from lampposts.

gregga777's picture

The CIA (Central Insanity Agency) IS the United States government. It controls all of the other so-called independent intelligence agencies. Would the CIA lie to overturn the 2016 Presidential elections? Well, the CIA are the very same people who:

• for decades have had hundreds of nationally and internationally prominent so-called journalists on the CIA payroll and controlled the stories reported by Western Mainstream Conporate News Media;
• assassinated President John F. Kennedy because they were furious about the failure of their insane Bay of Pigs fiasco, the peaceful resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, etc., etc., etc.;
• faked the Gulf of Tonkin intelligence to get the United States Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving the bloodthirsty Generals and Admirals and President Lyndon B. Johnson the false flag incident to drastically escalate the Vietnam War–closely located to the Golden Triangle's highly coveted rich heroin supplies–and all of the attendant decades of lying about that war;
• destabilized Afghanistan to encourage invasion by the Soviet Union;
• created, supported and armed the Sunni Mujahideen, which morphed into Al Qaeda following the Gulf War, to fight against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan;
• encouraged President Jimmy Carter to admit the Shah of Iran to create the pretext for decades of enmity between Iran and the United States and destroy Jimmy Carter's Presidency;
• encouraged Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait to give President George H. W. Bush the pretext to declare war on Iraq;
• were behind the 9/11/2001 false flag attacks on the World Trade Center towers, and their destruction with controlled explosives demolitions charges, and the Pentagon and then lied that it was all an Al Qaeda plot;
• lied about Al Qaeda's role in 9/11/2001 to justify the invasion of Afghanistan with its highly coveted, rich poppy fields for heroin production;
• lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify President George W. Bush's war of aggression against Iraq;
• created, finances, arms and supports ISIS;
• plans and carries out false flag operations (e.g., 9/11/2001, Sandy Hook, Orlando Pulse nightclub, etc.) to influence public opinion;
• lie about whatever whenever it suits their agenda;
• controls the 'narratives' in the Feral gangster government's organs of state propaganda (mainstream & social media and entertainment oligopoly);

And far, far more. But, I got tired of typing and I don't want to bore the readers. The point being that they are ALL professional liar's and the love of truth and the American Republic is not in them.

So. Yes, of course the CIA would lie to overturn the 2016 Presidential elections.

Free Man's picture

Why has this been forgotten:

Undercover video shows Democrat operatives admitting they incited violence at Trump rallies

konadog's picture

I damn well haven't forgotten it. I haven't forgotten the blatant pedophilia in the Wikileaks emails. I haven't forgotten Whitewater. I haven't forgotten the CIA drug running into Mena, AR. I haven't forgotten the Kennedy assassination. I haven't forgotten any of the NWO elites' crimes. The Barry Obollah communist crime regime will never prosecute these scumbags. The so-called justice dept and the FBI ARE the criminal organization.

fbazzrea's picture

they were embedded dormant Russian operatives waiting since childbirth to fulfill their mission.

move along...

fast and furious's picture

"I can't comment on an ongoing investigation"....How many times have we heard this crap???  Obozo knows he's shooting dry ammo so he ties up his homeboys from any oversight.  Some of these jerks need to go to jail until they answer some oversight questions.

Herdee's picture

Cold war mentality reigns supreme. Scapegoat for NeoCons is big, bad Russia. Who believes any of this steaming pile of dogshit anyways?

Grandad Grumps's picture

They have been so poor and transparent at creating fake evidence in the past. Maybe they want to see if they can actually get it right this time. Or maybe they only want to delay until a particular even takes place... and all will be forgotten, just like Rumsfelt and the missing $2.3 trillion just before he and Cheney directed a cruise missile be shot into the room where the people were investigating where the money went.

the grateful unemployed's picture

it started with the Patriot Act , spy agencies, very little oversight, and congressional access to the levers of power. the Russians were lead to the information, by way of some elected American representatives and senators, the CIA could blow the lid off the entire US government, and naturally they tried to cut and run, by passing the propaganda bill, so it at least appears that the Russians were doing it all on their own (DOES THAT SEEM CREDIBLE) or does it seem likely they had some help. partisan help from the inside, the FBI is the worst, always has been Comey is in the crosshairs he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, who knows what else he gave them, and certainly not information, they were told were to find it. best case for the traitors who did this, they used FOIA information on the email leaks, probed for the benefit of finding out as much as dirt as they could and then handing it to an interested third party, if only Trump wasnt such a Russian lover himself and hasnt promised them a lot of things in contrary established foreign policy, (which is guided by information, classified of course) treason at in the people house, its gonna get ugly but this is how YOU DRAIN THE SWAMP

monad's picture

In its charter the CIA was granted extrajudicial authority. To limit this congress chartered them to only operate outside the United States. They have to go and the Obama administration must be held to account for authorizing and provisioning this subversive domestic military criminal organization.

Ban KKiller's picture

"They" are going to regret asking for the truth. Some DNC or Podesta staffer is going to be found dead, suicide, after it is shown that same person leaked everything in retribution for the Sanders destruction.

Guessing high building, gas leak, sleeping pills or even the long feared shitgum.

One of We's picture

Seth Richards is already dead and Eric Braverman is still missing as far as I've heard.....

Bemused Observer's picture

Of course they canceled...they got nothing.

Who wants to be the one who goes on the record as briefing these people about non-existant Russian hacking? Hell fucking no! It's MUCH better to imply, suggest, claim, accuse, etc, from behind the scenes, off the record. All without ANY credible evidence.

But that's hard to pull off when someone actually stands up in front of a group of people and starts laying out the ACTUAL EVIDENCE and case...

So of course they canceled, no one is going to put his neck that far out there.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Bemused Observer Dec 15, 2016 2:58 PM

Yep, spooks are just bureaucrats, in fact, and they know they're going to have to try to hold onto their jobs under a new administration that is likely to look for crooked branches to prune.

If they're trying to distance themselves from this shit, they probably think that Trump is going to survive and be inaugurated.

Putting myself into the shoes of a president elect who is having all this thrown at him, I'd have to say that I would be inclined to start some heavy pruning once I took office.

Dragon HAwk's picture

When sending out announcements about a clown party for your kids,  first be sure to Confirm  the clown is actually coming.

fbazzrea's picture

"just look at the chaos he's caused so far..."--Jace Galloway

isn't that rich? who in the hell is causing the chaos??? look in the mirror, hon... that's not DJT looking back at you.


totally incredulous that the CIA "declined" to attend. we ARE a banana republic. time for a reboot.

Gold Dog's picture

It couldn't have been the Rooskies. We had a "reset" with a Staples button and everything.

Don't you people know anything? Cripes.

PS- Tony the Weener should have used BleachBit.

RovingGrokster's picture

Bleach Bit might have hurt his tender bits

Ledlak's picture

Possibility - the electoral college does their job and votes the will of the people on Monday, Trump is confirmed to be the next president, Obama and the Dems will quickly lose interest in the Russians. There won't be any special report by January 20th because it won't matter. They only care about smoke and mirrors in hopes of turning the electoral vote. But, if they succeed in this, the aftermath may be far worse than they anticpate.

Kina's picture

there was no hzcking..only leaking..and we know who that was.

Warthog777's picture

The commitee should come out with a statement to the electors to ignore the unsubstantiated claims of a leak from someone who is somehow associated with the see eye.  A, that somehow Russia was involved.  This is supposedly from 2 unamed people, off the record of course, and officially rebuffed by all 17 "Intellelgence Agencies"

Kina's picture

Fortunately the truth if it has already been that UK ambassador guy who met the leaker.

Trump should hold a press conference with him  and then ask if the police will now do an investigation into the murder of seth richards.

aliens is here's picture

CIA has nothing. Trump should hang those who spread false information out to dry. Fire them make them homeless and poor.

Kidbuck's picture

If congress had any balls all funding for the CIA would stop like yesterday. It's not like these assholes could find decent jobs anywhere else.

Warthog777's picture

Most of their funding is "off book".

HenryHall's picture

Cutting off their funding, whether on the books or off (it has to be in some budget somewhere) will get their attention and respect in no time flat.

monad's picture

In plain sight since that fuck up Oliver North blew it.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Source: Fox

"The House Intelligence Committee abruptly canceled a briefing set for Thursday on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, after the CIA declined to provide a briefer for the session, Fox News is told."

YES Indeed!...

Because no one wants to be criminally indicted not knowing what a President Trump might do to them on the "receiving end"???

Trust me. If I were Trump... Those from Langley who got up in front of Congress to pronounce to the American people that Russia was behind the election being overturned... "torture" just short of organ failure -John Yoo would be the least of their worries!

And it would be fitting to ALL of it's own considering what the CIA has been doing since 9/11!

iAmerican3's picture

Since 11/22/63.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Well said from you "both"

Probably one of the most heart wrenching chapters in our history circa 1947 that I never read in my formative education in high school or college and that WILL NEVER BE TAUGHT in American classrooms because of the truth(s) within them it reveals!

When you look at the layer upon layer of footnotes to Keeling's work from NYT, Chicago Tribune and other, you know the American people were aware of the atrocities that were taking place but didn't care because it "wasn't them".. And there war and suffering with Germany was over -for them at least!

I actually read Gruesome Harvest for the first time only because of a commenter The FourthStooging here on Zerohedge brought it to my attention!

WillyGroper's picture

miss FS's posts.

done went & pissadeared.

bluto bicep's picture

Excellent comment.  Have you seen this?

dizzyfingers's picture

Hypocrisy Behind the Russian-Election Frenzy

"As Democrats, the Obama administration, and some neocon Republicans slide deeper into conspiracy theories about how Russia somehow handed the presidency to Donald Trump, they are behaving as they accused Trump of planning to behave if he had lost, questioning the legitimacy of the electoral process and sowing doubts about American democracy.

The thinking then was that if Trump had lost, he would have cited suspicions of voter fraud – possibly claiming that illegal Mexican immigrants had snuck into the polls to tip the election to Hillary Clinton – and Trump was widely condemned for even discussing the possibility of challenging the election’s outcome."

"Russian news agencies RT or Sputnik reported critically at times about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a complaint that has been raised repeatedly in U.S. press accounts arguing that Russia interfered in the U.S. election. But that charge assumes two things: that Clinton did not deserve critical coverage and that Americans – in any significant numbers – watch Russian networks."




"Russian news agencies RT or Sputnik reported critically at times about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a complaint that has been raised repeatedly in U.S. press accounts arguing that Russia interfered in the U.S. election. But that charge assumes two things: that Clinton did not deserve critical coverage and that Americans – in any significant numbers – watch Russian networks."

"Similarly, the yet-unproven charge that Russia organized the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails and the private email account of Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta assumes that the Russian government was responsible and that it then selectively leaked the material to WikiLeaks while withholding damaging information from hacked Republican accounts.Here the suspicions also seem to extend far beyond what the CIA actually knows. First, the Republican National Committee denies that its email accounts were hacked, and even if they were hacked, there’s no evidence that they contained any information that was particularly newsworthy. Nor is there any evidence that – if the GOP accounts were hacked – they were hacked by the same group that hacked the Democratic Party emails, i.e., that the two hacks were part of the same operation. That suspicion assumes a tightly controlled operation at the highest levels of the Russian government, but the CIA – with its intensive electronic surveillance of the Russian government and human sources inside the Kremlin – appears to lack any evidence of such a top-down

"Second, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange directly denies that he received the Democratic leaked emails from the Russian government and one of his associates, former British Ambassador Craig Murray, told the U.K. Guardian that he knows who “leaked” the Democratic emails and that there never was a “hack,” i.e. an outside electronic penetration of an email account. Murray said, “I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.”




LawsofPhysics's picture



So much for those "weapons of mass destruction"

CheapBastard's picture

My neighbors must be Russian agents since they disagree with me.

kikk's picture

So the CIA refuse to attend congress ?

Is this the same organisation that operates a foreign policy of "elect a government we like or we'll bomb you till you do" on every continent on earth ?

Seemingly with or without Presidential or Government approval.