U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued the following statement regarding Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s decision to deny election security briefings to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
“Russia is once again interfering in our elections to get Donald Trump elected and, rather than defend American democracy, Trump and his partisan intelligence leadership are trying to keep the facts from Congress. This is part of an escalating pattern of law breaking and contempt for democracy as well as a betrayal of the hardworking men and women trying to keep the country safe from foreign adversaries. And it is yet more proof that Director of National Intelligence Ratcliffe’s partisanship is making America less secure.
“This cannot stand. Congress can issue subpoenas and hold uncooperative officials in contempt. Congress must also ensure that patriotic whistleblowers who come forward with information the administration is trying to hide are protected.”