Nunes Got Trump To Declassify Document Disputing Russia’s Role In 2016 Election

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The push has met resistance within intelligence communities, in part because the 2020 election is near.

Reuters reports that President Donald Trump and his director of national intelligence have pushed for the declassification of a document that disputes the intelligence community's consensus that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump.

  • The push reportedly came at the request of staunch Trump ally Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and the goal was to have the document declassified by Thursday night.
  • Two U.S. government officials told the news outlet that the move to declassify the document has faced a strong pushback within the intelligence agencies, in part due to the upcoming election.

An Oct. 15 letter written by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to the inspector general for the intelligence community, reviewed by Reuters, confirmed he was seeking the declassification of the document at the request of Devin Nunes, the senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

“I have requested that the document undergo a formal declassification review in response to a request” from Nunes, Ratcliffe wrote, noting that Republicans on the committee first requested that it be declassified in December 2018 when they controlled the House.

  • The document Ratcliffe is seeking to have declassified "is believed to be two or three years old and was originated in Congress by Republicans who support Trump’s assertion that Russians did not intervene to help him defeat Clinton, one of the officials said."

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