President Obama fails to provide a shred of evidence to corroborate claims that Russia hacked the DNC and influenced the 2016 election. --->
Rep. Walter Jones revealed in a Facebook post published on 12/30 that he formally requested an immediate briefing from President Obama on specific evidence concerning Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election.
The request was promptly ignored.
“Last week, Rep. Justin Amash and I asked President Obama for an immediate briefing with specific evidence on alleged foreign interference in the U.S. presidential election,” Jones writes. “We have yet to receive a response or even an acknowledgement of our request.”
“The American people deserve to see whatever proof there is. Let us not forget that Saddam Hussein having WMD was sold as a ‘slam dunk case.’”
Rep. Justin Amash and Rep. Jones of North Carolina’s third district penned a letter on 12/19 asking the president for specific evidence regarding lofty and extraordinary allegations of election tampering levied against the Russians that have not yet been confirmed by a single on-the-record source.
The congressmen requested a classified briefing to weigh the evidence then reminded the president that he should have addressed members of Congress before engaging in retaliatory action against Russia. In their letter, Amash and Jones argue that it is “reckless to allow evidence-free assertions to serve as Congress’s and the public’s only source of information,” a contention that is not without merit.
This is not the first time Obama has ignored a request for proof.
Shortly after the CIA released its assessment, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “requested an urgent briefing to resolve contradictions between these new allegations and information previously provided to the committee” but the request was “quickly denied” according to Reps. Amash and Jones.
The president refusing to disclose specific evidence further proves none exists and the Russian McCarthyite conspiracy being peddled by the left is nothing more than a ploy to invalidate President-elect Donald Trump’s historic victory while inciting a nuclear war with Russia.
Read the full letter below (SOURCE):
Dear Mr. President:
Recent reports citing anonymous administration officials suggest that some intelligence agencies believe the Russian government interfered in the U.S. presidential election with the intention of aiding the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump. The reports do not detail specific evidence to support these assertions, and some reports suggest there are disagreements among intelligence officials.
Shortly after the initial reporting, the chairman of the house Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence requested an urgent briefing to resolve contradictions between these new allegations and information previously provided to the committee. The chairman’s request was quickly denied, followed by a statement from the office of the Director of National intelligence (ODNI) days later, with no congressional briefing scheduled, you took to NPR to announce retaliatory action against Russia for “impacting the integrity of our elections.”
It is incumbent upon the executive branch to keep Congress apprised of hostile foreign actions in a timely manner, and once an allegation has been made public, it is reckless to allow evidence-free assertions to serve as Congress’s and the public’s only source of information. Members of Congress must be briefed of any evidence the intelligence community has gathered so that we may weigh the evidence and evaluate the conclusions of the separate agencies. Although the ODNI claims the administration has previously briefed members and staff on this issue, those briefings were provided only to a select group, and the information was not disseminated to most of Congress.
In light of the conflicting information coming from your administration, the lack of public evidence, and the retaliation against Russia that is apparently already under development, Congress cannot wait to be briefed on this matter. Accordingly, we request that a classified briefing on the evidence being used to support these claims be made available to all members of Congress immediately.
Justin Amash (MI-03)
Member of Congress
Walter Jones (NC-03)
Member of Congress