My colleague Susie Moore reported earlier on a cryptic statement made by Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Mike Turner (R-OH) asking that Joe Biden immediately declassify information related to a “serious national security threat.”

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“Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has made available to all Members of Congress information concerning a serious national security threat. 

“I am requesting that President Biden declassify all information relating to this threat so that Congress, the Administration, and our allies can openly discuss the actions necessary to respond to this threat.” 

That immediately sent people off to the races, wondering and worrying what that was all about. 

Turner sent out an email to House members that they should “go to SCIF for a briefing on FISA ahead of a possible vote this week.”

Then National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan made things worse by not offering any further information, apart from saying he was briefing members of Congress on Thursday on the matter. Oh, and that he was confident in Biden being able to deal with any challenges. That’s not exactly the most assuring thing, given how Biden has failed at virtually everything so far. 

There were also reports indicating the issue was “space-related” and even “Russian space” related. 

Here’s Politico’s Olivia Beavers mentioning that the matter may be “space-related.” 

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Fox News referenced “space-based Russian military capabilities.” 

Our sister site, Townhall also noted:

According to NBC News, Democrats also called the matter “a serious issue that could lead to a destabilizing situation and a national security threat” and confirmed it was a “potential foreign threat,” but did not tell the outlet which foreign entity from which the threat emanated.

ABC is apparently reporting Russia wants to put nuclear weapons in space.

But now a Politico national security reporter has a post scaling some of this back. 

Per sources, this national security warning is not an urgent situation that the US needs to concern itself with “today.” It is a longer-term problem. And this raw intel has existed on the Hill for some time. Not sure what prompted the Turner statement.

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Banco said the intel isn’t “super new.” She said, “More statements expected from members soon to try and diffuse the panic.”

So that’s prompting many to speculate on whether this is about trying to hype the FISA or Ukraine aid votes.  

House Speaker Mike Johnson has now also weighed in and said that there is no cause for alarm and that he had asked the White House for a meeting on the matter last month, which they are now having on Thursday. If it took a month, that suggests it’s not immediately an emergency crisis, although obviously significant.