Q&A September 1, 2020

Trump’s top intelligence official is curtailing congressional briefings on foreign election interference

John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, announced that the intelligence community would cut back on its briefings to Congress on electoral security. Amy B. Zegart explains what the decision meant.
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John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, is seen last September when he was a member of Congress. Matt McClain/The Washington Post

John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, announced that the intelligence community would cut back on its briefings to Congress on electoral security. Amy B. Zegart, the author of three books on U.S. intelligence, including “Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community,” the standard book on the relationship between Congress and intelligence agencies, explains what the decision meant.

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