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Foster calls suspension of in-person election security briefings 'malarkey'

'What is President Trump trying to hide?'

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, can be seen speaking to the media Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Ken Christy Post Office in Aurora, Ill., during a press conference.
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, can be seen speaking to the media Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, at the Ken Christy Post Office in Aurora, Ill., during a press conference.

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster decried the decision by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to cancel all in-person briefings for Congress on election security.

"Rank-and-file Members of Congress deserve access to important information about national security threats like ongoing foreign interference in our electoral process," Foster said in a statement.

The Director of National Intelligence serves as the head of the nation's intelligence community.

Lawmakers have criticized this change of policy, arguing the lack of verbal briefings doesn't allow them to ask questions on important matters of national security, specifically foreign efforts to interfere with the upcoming presidential election.

“The idea that important facts about foreign interference in our elections are somehow too sensitive to be discussed with Members of Congress is, to put it bluntly, malarkey – and once again raises the question: What is President Trump trying to hide?" Foster said in the statement.

While Foster doesn't sit on national security committees, he argued Congress must be given public trust to function properly. He pointed to how he has "detailed" discussions with experts on matters like nuclear weapons.

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