WASHINGTON, D.C. – Early Friday it was reported by national media outlets that there is a disruption in a key part of the presidential transition before Joe Biden is sworn in as President on January 20. Without warning or explanation, Biden’s intelligence briefings have been discontinued, according to The Pentagon.
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller sought to downplay the controversy, claiming Biden transition officials had agreed to a holiday “break” in DOD intelligence briefings. It comes after Trump administration officials were reportedly enraged over alleged leaks from the Biden transition team designed to embarrass Trump politically.
Biden’s team has directly contradicted the statement by Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller by saying “There was no mutually agreed upon holiday break” according to Yohannes Abraham who said it reflects “isolated resistance in some quarters, including from political appointees within the Department of Defense.”
Biden’s team had originally maintained that it’s unaware of the directive while Pentagon officials are said to be stunned and in the dark: “Administration officials left open the possibility cooperation would resume after a holiday pause,” according to a report in Axios.