Lawmakers Respond To Turner Sounding The Alarm On Russia

Washington is still buzzing with the news that intelligence showed that Russia is developing anti-satellite weapons to be deployed in space. While those in the upper echelons of Congress were notified, it was only Rep. Mike Turner’s (R-OH) very public statements that started the blaze.

The House Intelligence Committee Chairman called on President Joe Biden to declassify information about Russian nuclear capabilities in space. He said the American people need to know about this threat to national security.

On Thursday, some of Turner’s House colleagues weighed in on his raising the alarm.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recognized that as the chairman of the intelligence committee, Turner is privy to state secrets. “And we’re going now to Munich and so we’ll be discussing it further there. But I don’t criticize him, no.”

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) said Turner was “absolutely right” to share his alarm over Russia’s potential nuclearization of space. “And every single one of you, as American citizens, ought to be thankful that he made the decision that he did.”

But Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) disagreed.

He declared he “certainly would not have done it like that. But in any event, we are where we are at this point.”

Raskin went on to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Ukraine invasion and for “putting nuclear technology into space in order to knock out satellites.”

Turner last week said in a statement, “I am requesting that President Biden declassify all information related to this threat so that Congress, the Administration and our allies can openly discuss the actions necessary to respond to this threat.”

Some critics charge the revelation is part of a White House push to goad Congress into approving a massive new federal budget.

Others urge even more U.S. global involvement and see this Russian threat as proof that the U.S. should abandon any remaining“America First” policies.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Washington has been quietly informing its allies about intelligence related to Moscow’s nuclear capabilities. The outlet cited the source as confirming that the threat to the U.S. is not immediate.

The space-based nuclear weapon attributed to Russia is not currently in orbit, according to sources.