On Sunday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Maria Bartiromo during a Fox Business interview that Democrats have been leaking classified election security information to their pals in the lapdog press.
“Within minutes of one of those briefings ending, a number of members of Congress went to a number of different outlets and leaked classified information for political purposes,” Ratcliffe said. “To create a narrative that simply isn’t true, that somehow Russia is a greater national security threat than China.” The president was quick to comment.
“Probably Shifty Schiff, but others also, LEAK information to the Fake News. No matter what or who it is about, including China, these deranged lowlifes like the Russia, Russia, Russia narrative. Plays better for them. DNI Ratcliffe doing a great job!”
Probably Shifty Schiff, but others also, LEAK information to the Fake News. No matter what or who it is about, including China, these deranged lowlifes like the Russia, Russia, Russia narrative. Plays better for them. @DNI_Ratcliffe doing a great job! https://t.co/44bRm8NFbB
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2020
Schiff responded, “I haven’t, my staff hasn’t, I can’t speak for what all the members of the committee have done or not done, including a lot of the Republican members,” he told CNN. As usual, Schiff is lying. He is putting his country in danger to score political points for his party. Pathetic and traitorous.
Schiff went on to say, “They’re going to put it in writing now instead of giving an oral briefing. That doesn’t make any sense unless the goal is not to allow members of Congress, the representatives of the American people, to ask questions… Concealing the truth is concealing Russians are again intervening to help the president in his reelection.” That old chestnut? You’d think they lost enough on that one. But no, like a dog to vomit they can’t help but return.
Ratcliffe met those charges and then some, saying, “I don’t mean to minimize Russia. They are a serious national security threat, but day in, day out, the threats that we face from China are significantly greater. Anyone who says otherwise is just politicizing intelligence for their own narrative.” Read: Schiff and the Democrats.
On Friday, Ratcliffe told Congress his office “will primarily meet its obligation to keep Congress fully and currently informed leading into the Presidential election through written finished intelligence products.”
That wasn’t sufficient for Obama hack James Clapper: “It just reinforces the pass that Putin is getting for this kind of behavior. He, of all people, is going to push the envelope. When you consider Putin’s background here, you know, trained KGB officer who knows how to use his intelligence tools and does so very aggressively. … Now he sees that the director of national intelligence apparently has been muzzled, at least partially, in describing his efforts.”
Between naps, Joe Biden got in on the act: “President Trump is hoping Vladimir Putin will once more boost his candidacy and cover his horrific failures to lead our country through the multiple crises we are facing. And he does not want the American people to know the steps Vladimir Putin is taking to help Trump get re-elected.”
GOP Senator Marco Rubio of Florida effectively retorted, “Divulging access to classified information in order to employ it as a political weapon is not only an abuse, it is a serious federal crime with potentially severe consequences on our national security. This situation we now face is due, in no small part, to the willingness of some to commit federal crimes for the purpose of advancing their electoral aims.”