Congressional leaders briefed last year on Russia hacking Dems: report

Congressional leaders briefed last year on Russia hacking Dems: report
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Key members of Congress have known that Russian hackers were targeting the Democratic Party for more than a year, Reuters reported Thursday.


Intelligence officials are said to have met last summer with top members of both parties, who were barred from revealing the attack to its victims for fear of compromising intelligence gathering methods. 

The meeting included the top members of both parties in the House and Senate: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems GOP senator warns Trump, Mulvaney against 'draconian' budget cuts Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidLobbying World Mitch McConnell is not invincible Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Nev.) and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); as well the top members from both parties in both chambers’ Intelligence Committees, Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Key Republican 'convinced' Iran threats are credible Congressional leaders receive classified Iran briefing MORE (R-N.C.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThis week: Democrats, White House set for infrastructure, budget talks Senate confirms Rosen for No. 2 spot at DOJ Senate confirms controversial 9th Circuit pick without blue slips MORE (D-Calif.) and Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report Supreme Court declines to hear case on businesses' political contributions MORE (D-Calif.). 

Since the Democratic National Committee revealed the hack to the public and it has become clearer to the larger intelligence community that Russia was the likely actor, members of the so-called Gang of Eight have taken distinct approaches to letting on what they might know.

Schiff continued to keep his knowledge under wraps in comments Thursday, saying that “when the administration believes it has sufficient evidence of attribution, it will make that attribution public as well as consider any other steps necessary.”

While Pelosi has not let on that a meeting took place last year, she has been more than willing to point the finger at Russia.

“I know for sure it is the Russians,” she told reporters Thursday.