The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is making it clear that it will not assist Senate Republicans who are trying to dig up dirt on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, as part of a larger strategy by the GOP to help bolster the flagging fortunes of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.
According to Politico, the CIA is even refusing to provide briefings to senators when it comes to the Biden family:
“The spy agency’s resistance comes amid intelligence officials’ deep skepticism of the probe, which is being led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and focuses on Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Democrats argue the investigation is based on Russian disinformation aimed at tipping the outcome of the election toward President Donald Trump — a charge Johnson rejects.
“The agency’s reluctance to engage with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which Johnson chairs, underscores the intelligence community’s doubts about the probe. And while it is unlikely to deter Johnson from moving forward, it could give Democrats more support as they seek to rebut Trump and GOP allegations that Biden is corrupt.”
Not only is the CIA reluctant to get involved in what it clearly believes is a politically motivated investigation by Republicans, but the agency is also reportedly worried that briefing Johnson’s committee could possibly reveal top secret sources and methods used to obtain intelligence:
“’There is a significant trust gap there,’ said one current national security official. ‘At what point does someone turn from an unwitting participant in that to a witting one?’”
Johnson, according to Politico, is regarded by many in the intelligence community as “toxic” and motivated solely by a desire to benefit Trump and his 2020 campaign, which polls show is far behind to Biden with less than 90 days until Election Day.
Just the fact that the intelligence community is refusing to take part in Johnson’s dog and pony show suggests that Republicans have are grasping at straws as they attempt to mitigate the losses they’re likely to suffer at the ballot box in November.
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