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    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.Tom Williams/Congressional Quarterly via ZUMA Press For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Just hours before President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are set to square off in their first debate, John Ratcliffe, Trump’s Director of National Intelligence, has declassified documentation of a theory floated by Russian intelligence. While Ratcliffe explicitly warned that US intelligence could not vouch for the theory’s accuracy, writing that it may “reflect exaggeration or fabrication,” Trump backers, including the president’s son, have already seized upon the Trump-ally’s selective disclosure to spread claims that Hillary Clinton somehow masterminded a plot to pin a “Russia hoax” on her 2016...
    Savannah Rychcik September 17, 2020 0 Comments Dan Coats, President Donald Trump’s former director of national intelligence, is calling on Congress to create a bipartisan committee to oversee the November election. In an op-ed published by the New York Times, Coats acknowledged the concerns expressed by Americans over the legitimacy of voting systems and whether their votes will be counted. “We hear often that the November election is the most consequential in our lifetime. But the importance of the election is not just which candidate or which party wins,” Coats wrote. He added, “Voters also face the question of whether the American democratic experiment, one of the boldest political innovations in human history, will survive.” Coats...
    Savannah Rychcik September 13, 2020 0 Comments Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon is suggesting President Donald Trump’s claim that his political opponents are trying to steal the election from him is only benefiting Russia. CBS’ Margaret Brennan asked Gordon about remarks Trump made during a campaign rally on Saturday night. “And it’s Democrats, they’re going to they’re trying to rig this election. … If you go to New Jersey, if you go to Virginia, if you go to Pennsylvania, if you go to California to look at some of these races, every one every one of these races was a fraud, missing ballots,” Trump said. Gordan explained the president “carries disproportionate responsibility” to...
    Bradley Cortright September 1, 2020 0 Comments Congressional Democrats are demanding that Director National Intelligence John Ratcliffe reinstate in-person election-related briefings to lawmakers.  In a letter to Ratcliffe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.)—Chairman Subcommittee on Defense House Committee on Appropriations — called for the resumption of election-related briefings. The letter read, “Your abrupt decision to cancel previously scheduled election-related briefings, contrary to repeated private and public commitments by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), is an abdication of your responsibility to keep the American people and their elected representatives informed of foreign threats to the 2020 election.” “It is all the more troubling as...
    John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, said Sunday he has filed multiple “crimes reports” regarding alleged leaks of classified information to the media. “When I become aware of intelligence community information that is disclosed unlawfully, I do what’s called a crimes report. I’ve done that now on a number of occasions, and so those investigations are moving forward,” Ratcliffe said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” Ratcliffe said that the timing of any prosecutions from the investigations “would be something that the FBI would have to address.” “I think that they will down the road,” he added. Ratcliffe, who was confirmed to his current post on May 21, announced Saturday that he is revamping intelligence community briefings provided to...
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Fox Business Sunday morning that he made the controversial decision to scale back national security briefings for key Members of Congress after discovering that unnamed lawmakers had leaked confidential information “within minutes” of receiving it, entirely for political purposes. “[The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)] told the House and Senate intelligence committees that it will still provide written briefings, but that they should not expect verbal, in-person briefings on the topic, according to a congressional official and letters dated Aug. 28 that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe sent to top members of Congress,” according to POLITICO. Top Democrats, predictably, reacted with shock and outrage, with Speaker of the House...
    Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: Protests continue over shooting of Blake; coronavirus legislation talks remain at impasse Engel announces contempt proceedings against Pompeo Democratic senator: Violence in Wisconsin 'not advancing the cause of racial justice' MORE (R-Wisc.) dismissed concerns raised by Democrats over the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) cancelling all election security briefings for Congress.  Johnson said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the cancelation of the briefings is being “blown way out of proportion.” The senator said he can “count on one or two fingers” the amount of information in the briefings that are classified.  He underscored his comments by stating that the briefings will now be given in a written...
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) will stop providing in-person briefings on election security and foreign interference to Congress, according to congressional and intelligence officials, and instead will provide "primarily" written updates ahead of the November election.   An ODNI official told CBS News the change was being made out of concern over leaks that resulted from prior, unspecified congressional briefings, and in an effort to protect sensitive intelligence. The official said Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe ordered the change, which prompted immediate condemnation from senior Democratic lawmakers.    In a letter to several congressional offices dated August 28 that was obtained by CBS News, Ratcliffe said he believed written briefings would help "ensure, to...
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) will stop providing in-person briefings on election security and foreign interference to Congress, according to congressional and intelligence officials, and instead will provide "primarily" written updates ahead of the November election.   An ODNI official told CBS News the change was being made out of concern over leaks that resulted from prior, unspecified congressional briefings, and in an effort to protect sensitive intelligence. The official said Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe ordered the change, which prompted immediate condemnation from senior Democratic lawmakers.    In a letter to several congressional offices dated August 28 that was obtained by CBS News, Ratcliffe said he believed written briefings would help "ensure, to...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slams GOP, says .3 trillion in coronavirus relief not enough Markey leads Kennedy by 12 points in Massachusetts Senate primary: poll On The Money: Meadows says Trump willing to sign .3T coronavirus bill | Consumer spending slowed in July as coronavirus surge dampened recovery | Only five states making use of Trump's expanded unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Marine Corps brushes off criticism of Marines' appearance in GOP convention video | US troops injured in collision with Russian vehicle in Syria | Dems ask for probe of Vindman retaliation allegations Latino Victory to boost Alex Padilla to fill Harris's potential Senate seat House Intelligence Committee narrows subpoena for Trump's financial...
    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has proposed appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee for a partially open hearing on worldwide threats in early August. But he suggested that the majority of the hearing, including a traditional question and answer session, take place behind closed doors. In a letter sent Tuesday to the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Ratcliffe offered to, alongside other intelligence community leaders, deliver a public, prepared statement, but to subsequently take questions from senators in a closed session during the week of August 3rd. He cited the intelligence community's "collective concern about the exchange of information that is inherently classified" as grounds for the arrangement.   "During the open session," Ratcliffe wrote, "the IC could...
    Transcripts have been released of the conversations between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn was fired in February 2017 for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Kislyak. Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those conversations, although the Justice Department earlier this month dropped its case against Flynn. GOP Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson had requested the transcripts from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and newly-installed Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified the documents.  "As I stated throughout the confirmation process, transparency is vital to allowing the American people to have confidence in the Intelligence Community," Ratcliffe said in a statement. "As...
    Former acting chief of U.S. intelligence Richard Grenell this week launched a pointed defense of his short, but activist tenure, accusing one Democrat of repeatedly lying to America about President Trump and Russia collusion. Mr. Grenell served three months as acting director of national intelligence. He declassified a number of documents while revamping headquarters staff. The documents included a list of Obama officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, who requested that the name of retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn be revealed, or unmasked, in secret intelligence reports they were reading. He has also prepared for release the call transcripts of Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak––the evidence used by the FBI to gain a criminal conviction. TOP STORIES GOP...