Marco Rubio, Mark Warner Want to Know How Intelligence Community is Preparing for Joe Biden’s Inauguration

At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the acting chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., requested information from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe regarding how the intelligence community is preparing for the inauguration of incoming President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

The full text of the letter is below.

Dear Director Ratcliffe:

In light of the recent violence at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, we request that you provide the Committee with a detailed description of how the Intelligence Community (IC) is supporting relevant customers in the Congress, Executive Branch, and state and local law enforcement in preparation for the inauguration on January 20, 2021.

Specifically:

Please update the Committee on all intelligence related to efforts by foreign actors to disrupt the inauguration. Please describe the process by which this reporting will be shared with federal, state, and local stakeholders.

What products and briefings do you intend to issue to provide indications and warning of any potential unrest, whether foreign or domestic in origin, before and during the inauguration

To what extent is the IC working with and/or supporting law enforcement agencies in tracking any threats to the inauguration, and what is the IC’s current assessment of such threats?

What scenario planning are you conducting in advance of inauguration day?

What capabilities do the Intelligence Community plan on deploying during inauguration day?

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

 

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