According to persons familiar with the situation, U.S. officials have offered to inform congressional leaders of their investigation into the sensitive documents discovered at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.
This week could already bring a briefing. However, it might not satisfy the demands of senators who want to examine the records seized not just from Mar-a-Lago but also President Joe Biden’s house in Wilmington, Delaware, his former private office in Washington, D.C., and former Vice President Mike Pence’s residence in Indiana.
The White House is under pressure from both parties to share the information it has uncovered with lawmakers because they are worried about the potential harm to national security and intelligence sources, six months after federal agents carried out an unprecedented search of a former president’s home for classified documents.
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Most inquiries regarding what they discovered have been turned off by officials, who cite the current criminal investigation and a separate “risk assessment” of potential harm to intelligence sources as reasons.
The administration informed Rep. Mike Turner, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, that it would brief on the documents this week, he said on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” on NBC.
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Turner, a Republican from Ohio, said: “This administration needs to acknowledge we have national security pressing concerns.”
He also requested a briefing from the White House regarding the Chinese balloon that was shot down on Saturday.
What’s noteworthy is that the administration rushed to Congress to speak with us about Donald Trump’s paperwork as soon as this balloon became public, he added, rather than briefing him about it.
A congressional briefing was sent to the “Gang of Eight”—the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House, Senate, and intelligence committees—according to three persons who knew the situation. Under the condition of anonymity, the individuals spoke about intelligence-related topics.
Direct access to confiscated records is not anticipated to be part of any briefing, the sources claimed.
The heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Marco Rubio of Florida, requested this access in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines last week.
Also unknown is whether the administration will speak about the documents discovered in Pence and Biden’s possession.
While two people with knowledge stated the briefing was intended to concentrate primarily on Trump, Turner said that the records connected to Biden and Pence would be included.
Both the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment on Sunday.