Details of the briefing, requested by Steve Linick, the inspector general at State, remain unknown. Linick was to meet with congressional staff in a secure location on Capitol Hill.
The unusual nature and timing of the briefing -- during a congressional recess -- suggests it may be connected to a recent intelligence community whistleblower allegation which describes, in part, the State Department’s role in coordinating interactions between Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, and Ukrainian officials.
The inspector general is the department's internal investigator and watchdog, and the office generally operates independently of the department's political leadership.
The State Department's press office and the State Department's inspector general's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The committees expected to be part of the briefing did not immediately respond to requests for comment.