Intel chief tells Congress it will no longer brief them on election security



The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has informed the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence that it’ll no longer be briefing on election security issues, according to letters obtained by CNN and a senior administration official. Instead, as CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reports, ODNI will primarily provide written updates to the congressional panels, the official said. Meanwhile former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper explains to CNN’s Bianna Golodryga why he finds it “amazing and disturbing” that President Donald Trump’s intelligence chief would do this ahead of the 2020 election. #CNN #News

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Audible gasps as Matthew Whitaker clashes with chairman



Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker tells House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler that his “five minutes are up” when asked if President Trump ever requested that Whitaker take action against special counsel Robert Mueller. #CNN #News #Whitaker

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The real reason Donald Trump skipped the 2nd debate



On its face, President Donald Trump’s immediate insistence that he would not participate in a virtual second debate made very little political sense. After all, he needs more chances to take on Joe Biden, as the former VP continues to rise in the polls. Upon further examination, though, Trump’s decision makes sense for one reason and one reason only. He sees this as an opportunity to continue to build the case, if he loses this November — for why.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:

Trump says he will not participate in a virtual debate
https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/10/08/trump-biden-second-presidential-debate-virtual-vpx.cnn

Trump’s rejection of virtual format puts future of debates in question
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/08/politics/second-presidential-debate-virtual/index.html

Donald Trump already has an excuse if he loses in 2020

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