More messy reporting

We were greeted with this headline this morning: “Congress won’t get briefings about election security because ’we got tired’ of leaks, Trump says”

Not quite. From the headline, we are led to believe that the Trumps administration will stiff Congress by not

John Ratcliffe

John Ratcliffe

giving it any more briefings. I just listened to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe tell Maria Sara Bartiromo on Fox News that the briefing would continue according to the law. In other words, the intelligence committee leadership will continue to get the intelligence briefings.

But no longer will the entire Congress be briefed. When he did before, he said, within minutes some members of Congress went to several media outlets to leak classified information. I would point out that such leaks are a violation of law.

He said he’s fed up with these damaging leaks for political purposes. Like misbehaving children, they no longer can be trusted.

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  • Two questions about written briefings:
    1) How do written briefings prevent leaks?
    2) How do members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees ask questions?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    He will be following the law, whatever Congress itself has officially demanded. Do you know for a fact that they all will be written. I didn't hear Ratcliffe say that.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Your response begs the questions. Yes, John Ratcliffe and his boss would treat a coequal branch of government as "misbehaving children," but how is national security, which is the concern of Congress as well as the President, be advanced? As for following the law, we will see if they will obey the subpoenas that may now be issued.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    Also, this administration's attitude toward following the law is illustrated by willingness to obey the Hatch Act. It is willing to obey those laws it considers useful to it.

  • Yes, why haven't you pointed out that the Trump administration violated the Hatch Act? And politicized the Naturalization ceremony as well as the presidential pardon power?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Jerry, honestly, why don't YOU stop rhyming and put prose to paper and expose the scoundrels? Dennis can choose his topics and you can choose yours. So simple a seventh-grader can figure it out.

  • Dennis can also speak for himself.

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