Virginia Democrat Senator Mark Warner, who will become chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Mr Biden is ordering a new general intelligence assessment on Russia and, in particular, a better understanding of the SolarWinds hack.
“SolarWinds is one of the most sophisticated and deepest hacks we’ve come across, and the President needs the best information he can get to not only lead the penetration correction, but also to understand how to fix it. ‘prevent it in the future and what actions might deter Russia from moving forward,’ Warner said.
Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Mr Biden needed “the best assessment our intelligence agencies can produce” on the hack, on the interference Russian in the elections and on the bonuses they offered on American troops.
“If we hope to be successful in thwarting future threats to our national security from Russia,” Schiff said, “we must examine Putin’s malicious conduct with objectivity and with our eyes wide open.
The White House’s new order to the intelligence community shouldn’t require a massive overhaul of the analysis produced by the CIA and other agencies over the past four years, according to some people familiar with the matter.
Under the Trump administration, the bar was relatively high for sending intelligence reports on Russia to the White House, given the hostility and skepticism with which Mr. Trump viewed them. The new order is a clear message that the Biden administration wants the intelligence community to share with the White House a wide selection of its information about Moscow.
Thursday, shortly after taking the oath by Vice President Kamala HarrisMs Haines attended the daily intelligence briefing for Mr Biden, an official said. In a statement, Ms. Haines pledged to “never hesitate to speak the truth to power and to provide information based on facts, not politics.”