Pelosi Sends Letter to Speaker Ryan Urging Classified Briefing on Steps Being Taken to Protect Integrity of Our Elections


Washington, D.C. – Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan urging an immediate classified briefing for Members on critical information regarding the steps being taken to protect against interference in our elections.

As Leader Pelosi writes, “For more than a year, House Democrats have requested a classified briefing on steps being taken to protect the integrity of our elections… I urge you to make this important briefing classified to honor Members’ need to know, to recognize the prospect of further damage to our democratic system and to fulfill our responsibilities to our nation.  We are in the midst of an election season, and there is no time to waste.”

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Full text of the letter can be found below:

May 15, 2018

The Honorable Paul D. Ryan

Speaker of the House of Representatives

H-232, United States Capitol

Washington, D.C.  20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

On January 6, 2017, the Intelligence Community presented their clear assessment that the Russians disrupted our 2016 elections.  For more than a year, House Democrats have requested a classified briefing on steps being taken to protect the integrity of our elections.

Your announcement of this long-awaited briefing as unclassified does not recognize the gravity of the assault on our electoral system.  Only a classified briefing would address the seriousness of the attack on our democracy.

I urge you to make this important briefing classified to honor Members’ need to know, to recognize the prospect of further damage to our democratic system and to fulfill our responsibilities to our nation.

We are in the midst of an election season, and there is no time to waste.  The integrity of our very democracy is at stake!

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

best regards,

NANCY PELOSI

Democratic Leader

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