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Glenn Kirschner: DNI Ratcliffe Refuses to Brief House/Senate Intel Committees on Foreign Election Interference


August 30, 2020

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has announced that he will not comply with his obligation to brief the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on foreign efforts (including Russian efforts) to interfere in our upcoming elections. This feels like 2016 all over again, when the Obama administrations wanted to issue a bipartisan statement that Russia was attempting to interfere with the presidential election to help trump and hurt Clinton but Mitch McConnell objected. Of course, while the administration was withholding the Russian information from the voters James Comey was telling the voters about Hillary Clinton mishandling State Department emails. Ratcliffe now seems to be pulling a similar trick, burying information about Russian interference in the upcoming election. This even prompted an unusual rebuke form Marco Rubio, of all people. Rubio issued a statement saying the Ratcliffe must provide the mandatory briefings to Congressional Intelligence Committees.

About Glenn Kirshner

Glenn Kirschner brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. Glenn is an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst and teaches criminal law at George Washington University.

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