Former CIA Director John Brennan recently spoke to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin is keen on turning his setbacks in Ukraine into a win by influencing the 2024 U.S. presidential elections in favor of Donald Trump.
This comes amid bipartisan frustration in the Senate, where lawmakers like Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) expressed concerns over the closed-door forums involving tech CEOs and the lack of transparency in these meetings.
While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) praised the gathering of tech CEOs, consumer advocates, and ethicists, some senators were visibly frustrated.
Elizabeth Warren criticized the "terrible precedent" of not allowing senators to ask questions during these forums.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pointed out that the U.S. is also an oligarchy, similar to Russia.
He cited the example of Capitol Police shutting down public hallways for CEOs like Elon Musk as evidence of this oligarchy.
Despite the high-profile meetings and discussions, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) highlighted that Congress is slow at passing legislation. He warned that technology won't wait for policymakers to catch up.
The Capitol Police and the Kremlin have yet to comment on these latest developments.