Democrats Seek a Classified Briefing on Whether House Chaos Helps China

    Photo: House Select Committee on the CCP

    The Facts

    • In a letter shared with NBC News, a group of US House Democrats have written to National Intelligence Director Avril Haines and CIA Director William Burns alleging that China is using current legislative stagnation in Congress as a propaganda instrument.

    • The letter, signed by the 11 minority members of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), requests a "classified briefing" on how the CCP and "foreign adversaries" were "leveraging current political dysfunction" in the House of Representatives.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    GOP internal bickering merely highlights the general public's lack of trust in American institutions. This goes far beyond domestic politics, as the chaos in Congress is posing national security issues for the US which adversaries such as China are delighted to weaponize as propaganda. The Republican Party must fix its internal issues for the sake of the US at home and on the world stage.

    Republican narrative

    The GOP must now come together to reunite the House. If not, the House must consider allowing the speaker pro tempore to exercise greater power than we have currently witnessed. Either way, the Republican Party has the resolve to end this impasse and balance the ill-conceived policies of the Biden administration — including Biden's policies that are weak on China.

    Pro-China narrative

    The lack of consensus and abundance of chaos in the US House of Representatives has exposed the continued divisions that have forever existed within American society. The US House statement is an inflection point and potential doomsday moment for American hegemony.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 30% chance that Tom Emmer (R-Mn.) will be elected the next speaker of the US House of Representatives, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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