III. Federal-State Updates
After Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) postponed a briefing for members of Congress with the heads of the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and National Intelligence after Democratic leaders urged him to make the briefing classified, the officials finally got together on Tuesday behind closed doors. According to The Hill, only about 40 to 50 members of Congress attended the meeting and most were unwilling to speak on the record about it.
“What I was primarily interested in is whether there will be real-time communication with the states if their elections are probed or interfered with or hacked in any way so that we don’t have what we did in 2016 where a year goes by before the states are notified of what the Russians have done,” Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters according to The Hill.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) described it as a comprehensive discussion that gave him confidence in Homeland Security’s efforts to guard state voting systems from cyber sabotage.
“It was a very full discussion, answering all the questions,” McCaul told the paper.