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    House Intelligence Committee Chair Warns of a Serious National Security Threat

    House Intelligence Committee Chair Warns of a Serious National Security Threat

    — The head of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday he had information about a serious national security threat and urged the administration to declassify the information so the U.S. and its allies can openly discuss how to respond.

    Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican, gave no details about the nature of the threat in his statement. The White House also declined to provide details.

    House Speaker Mike Johnson said there was no need for alarm. He said he was not at liberty to disclose the classified information. “But we just want to assure everyone steady hands are at the wheel. We're working on it and there's no need for alarm,” he told reporters at the Capitol.

    Turner earlier Wednesday sent an email to members of Congress saying his committee had “identified an urgent matter with regard to a destabilizing foreign capability” that should be known to all congressional policy makers. He encouraged them to come to a SCIF, a secure area, to review the intelligence. He again provided no details.

    Turner's announcement appeared to catch the Biden administration off-guard.

    National security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at the White House that he already had been due to brief Turner and other senior congressional leaders on Thursday. Sullivan did not disclose the topic or provide any other details related to Turner's statement.

    “I'm focused on going to see him, sit with him as well as…

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