Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell on Friday said security threat briefings for presidential candidates will now be handled by the U.S. intelligence community, reports Fox News.
An unnamed senior administration official told the network that Bill Evanina, the newly-Senate confirmed director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center inside ODNI, will work as the leader of the "critical effort" for the intelligence community.
“The Intelligence Community will continue to work in partnership with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to identify and integrate threat information,” the official said. “The elections team will act swiftly to deliver the timely and thorough assessments to those affected by potential malicious influence.”
"This was not a unilateral ODNI decision," the official said.
The strategy was "coordinated and approved by all agencies involved," which include the DHS, FBI, and other intelligence agencies.
Fox News also learned that briefings would go to both the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee.
“The last election speaks to itself, in terms of how much was going on, and how poorly the campaigns and candidates were kept abreast in order to protect their campaigns,” the White House official told Fox News.
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