The letter, also signed by Senators Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and others, requests the documents before July 17.
Trump’s request for access to the PDB is the latest salvo from Congress’ efforts to highlight Trump’s handling of relations with Russia. Trump’s allies have refused to echo Trump’s claim that the history of Russian bonuses is a “hoax,” but pointed out that spy agencies have varying degrees of confidence in certain aspects of intelligence.
In addition, he highlighted Trump’s personal habits regarding his daily intelligence briefing. Since the Truman administration, all presidents have received PDBs which reflect the preferences of the incumbent. Trump allegedly avoided the written brief in favor of face-to-face verbal briefings with charts and graphs, and he and his colleagues argued that including information on Russian premiums in the written brief in late February would not necessarily seen by Trump – although other senior officials, from his chief of staff to key national security officials, would also have received it and may also have been briefed orally.
A review of Trump’s management of the PDB would not be without precedent. In fact, Duckworth served on the select committee of the Republican-led Benghazi House of Representatives, which provided a careful review of Obama’s daily intelligence briefing after the attack on an American complex in Libyan city. torn apart by the war that left four dead, including an American ambassador. Lawmakers at the time interviewed Obama’s personal briefing, which revealed that she had provided a written brief to the White House bailiff, who had given it to the president, and that she had informed him orally. his chief of staff, Jack Lew, that morning.
In addition to demanding information about the PDB, Duckworth, Schumer and other Democratic senators are asking Trump to make available to members of his cabinet testimony about the actions they may have taken after receiving information about the Russian premiums. They also request materials and documents associated with all of the National Security Council meetings that have addressed the issue.
The other Democrats who signed the letter are the Senses. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tina Smith of Minnesota and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.