House Intelligence Committee to Hold Open World Wide Threats Hearing
Washington, April 12, 2021
Washington, DC – On Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 9:00 am, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold its annual public World-Wide Threat Hearing to hear testimony about the current security threats that face the United States and its allies. The public hearing will be followed by a closed, classified hearing at 1:00 pm.
“It is imperative that the Intelligence Community’s leadership come before the Committee and the American people periodically, and provide their candid assessments about the threats that face our nation,” said Chairman Adam Schiff. “This hearing is particular timely because those threats are rapidly evolving, with a rising great power competition with China, an increased threat from domestic violent extremism, nuclear dangers arising from nations like Iran and North Korea, and destabilizing impacts of cross-border threats like climate change and pandemic disease. I look forward to hearing directly from the Intelligence Community leadership about their view of these threats, and how we can position our nation to respond effectively.”
Schiff continued, “Over the last four years, the Trump Administration discarded the tradition of open hearings on World Wide Threats, when it displeased the former president to have his preferred views of rival nations contradicted by agency heads. I am gratified to see the important practice of open hearings return under the Biden Administration, and the willingness to speak truth to power.”
This will be the first public World Wide Threats Hearing since 2017. Federal law, including a Committee-authored provision contained in the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, requires the IC to submit the annual worldwide threat assessment, and the heads of IC elements to testify publicly upon request.
** MEDIA GUIDANCE **
We strongly recommend that members of the media view hearings remotely. The Capitol currently has restricted access, and non-credentialed media will not be able to access House Office Buildings. Only credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in committee hearing rooms and must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14. An editorial press pool may be necessary.