Ex-DCI: McConnell Rejected Bipartisan Response To Russian Interference

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According to former CIA Director John Brennan, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) killed the effort for a public, bipartisan response to Russian election interference.

Former CIA Director John Brennan presented evidence of Russia interference to a bipartisan group of leaders in Washington, D.C. Brennan was looking for a bipartisan public response to foil Russian interference into election 2016. Instead, Brennan claims Senator Mitch McConnell rebuffed his request.

Via the Washington Post:

> Former CIA director John Brennan has delivered new public remarks about this that deserve attention. Brennan told “Frontline” the following about this meeting: “In those briefings of Congress, some of the individuals expressed concern that this was motivated by partisan interests on the part of the [Obama] administration. And I took offense to that. I told them that this is an intelligence assessment; that this is an intelligence matter.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned CIA Director John Brennan that any attempt to warn the public about Russian election interference would be recast by Republicans as an attempt by Democrats to gain an election advantage. By doing this, McConnell effectively killed any bipartisan response to the public about Russian election interference.

> The key here is that we don’t know just how extensive a case for Russian meddling was presented to these lawmakers. It is plausible that it was quite extensive. And as Brennan notes, it was backed up by U.S. intelligence and represented a request for a non-partisan, bi-partisan response. Yet McConnell killed this effort at bi-partisanship by claiming he would cast any public warnings as “partisan.”