Members of the Republican Party, which is represented by the current President of the United States, Donald Trump, have been boycotting the meetings of the intelligence committee of the House of Representatives for several months and are actually waging a guerrilla war. The Democratic Party accused them of this, writes Politico.
According to the publication, Democrats complain that Republicans have practically not participated in committee meetings since the introduction of restrictions in the United States due to the spread of coronavirus. Since the beginning of March, all meetings that had previously been held in a secret room in the Capitol have been transferred online. However, representatives of the Trump party during this time connected to the air only once, on April 28, and of the eight Republican committee members, the only one did this — John Ratcliffe. In total, the committee held at least seven meetings, Politico clarifies.
According to the Democratic Party, such behavior of the Republicans can be regarded as a kind of toxic guerrilla warfare, which makes impossible the full work of the committee. “It looks completely counterproductive on their part. It looks pretty childish, but I hope they change their minds, ”said Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Representatives of the Republican Party, in turn, explain their refusal to participate in the meetings with concerns about security issues. In their opinion, the information discussed at such meetings is highly secreted and important, and the online format cannot guarantee the proper level of protection.
“This can all be hacked. Why should we put ourselves at such a risk? ” — noted the member of the committee, Republican Brad Wenstrup (Brad Wenstrup). He was supported by another representative of the party, Chris Stewart, noting that the actions of the Republicans should not be seen as an attempt to disrupt the work of the committee. “I really don’t think it’s a boycott. This is not at all planned. I would say that we simply have concerns about the format, ”he explained.
At the same time, Politico notes, members of the Republican Party intelligence committee boycotted meetings before the start of the US coronavirus epidemic. So, in February, they refused to participate in hearings on new technologies and national security.