Republican senator says comments he would 'step in' over Biden intel briefings were misinterpreted

Republican senator says comments he would 'step in' over Biden intel briefings were misinterpreted


Sen. James Lankford says former Vice President Joe Biden should start getting intelligence briefings in the interests of national security but says his words last week were misinterpreted when he said he would “step in” if the sessions had not started by Friday.

His comments triggered a slew of headlines that he was planning to intervene to ensure Biden got briefed coupled with criticism from Trump loyalists that he was prejudging the result of an election being challenged in the courts.

“It suddenly became that I’m out there undercutting the president, declaring … CNN ran a story that I was saying he’s ‘President-elect Biden’ and he needs to get this. And no, I never said, would never, say that,” he told the Washington Examiner.

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“I referred to him as Joe Biden in all the interviews. We don’t know who the president is yet.”

He added that he had never set Friday as a deadline but merely used

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