What I read is that McConnell said it would backfire, not that he issued any threats to denounce.
Marla Hughes

The Washington Post story I cited, as well as some others I’ve seen, also say McConnell expressed skepticism in the intelligence itself.

But I think you make a fair point. It would have been more accurate to say the White House interpreted McConnell’s response as a threat to denounce, rather than McConnell explicitly threatening to do so.

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