05:02 GMT11 August 2020
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    US intelligence directors refused to brief lawmakers on leaked assessments related to cyber attacks that interfered with the 2016 presidential election, House Committee on Intelligence Chairman David Nunes said in a statement.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Nunes said he was concerned by media reports of conflicting intelligence assessments conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with respect to election cyber attacks.

    The US intelligence community declined a request for US Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper to provide an overall picture of intelligence assessments regarding Russian involvement in cyber activities in the presidential election.

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

    Moscow has repeatedly denied any interference in the presidential election, calling the allegations absurd and an attempt to distract US voters from pressing domestic issues.

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