FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a press conference to announce that two alleged Islamic State militants known as the ‘Beatles’ will arrive in the United States to face trial on U.S. charges for their alleged involvement in beheadings of Western hostages, at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., October 7, 2020.
Jim Watson | Reuters
The FBI on Wednesday night abruptly scheduled a press conference for what it called a major election security issue.
The briefing, set for 7:30 p.m. ET, comes less than two weeks before Election Day, and was scheduled less than an hour before then.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, FBI Director Christopher Wray and John Demers, the assistant attorney general for national security, as well as Christopher Krebs, from the Homeland Security Department’s Cyber Security and Infrastructure division, are due to attend.
The FBI did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for more information.
Before the press conference, the leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued a joint statement about “threats from adversaries to U.S. election systems and infrastructure.”
Acting committee Chairman Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and the Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., said they “urge every American – including members of the media – to be cautious about believing or spreading unverified, sensational claims related to votes and voting.”
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