FBI denies Senate panel's request for Dem party hack briefings

FBI denies Senate panel's request for Dem party hack briefings
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The FBI has declined to brief the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on its investigation into the hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), according to a committee aide. 


The committee has asked the agency to reconsider, the aide said.

The FBI announced last week that it had opened an investigation into the breach of the organization's computer systems, first revealed in June.

The House Intelligence Committee is expected to receive a briefing from the agency either Wednesday or Thursday, according to an aide. 

Security experts say the DNC hack was the work of Russian intelligence groups and the DNC itself has blamed Russia.

U.S. officials reportedly have a "high confidence" that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and other information, though the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last week cautioned that the intelligence community wasn't ready to officially attribute the attack to Moscow.

The FBI is also investigating reported cyberattacks on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE’s presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee believed to be related to the DNC hack.

"The FBI is aware of media reporting on cyber intrusions involving multiple political entities and is working to determine the accuracy, nature and scope of these matters," a spokesperson told BuzzFeed on Friday.

--Updated 2:02 p.m.