February 21, 2020

Trump And The House Intelligence Committee

Recently, this hit the fan:
Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, the president berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump was particularly irritated that Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the leader of the impeachment proceedings, was at the briefing.
Also, this:
After learning of that analysis, which was provided to House lawmakers in a classified hearing, Trump grew angry at his acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, in the Oval Office, seeing Maguire and his staff as disloyal for speaking to Congress about Russia’s perceived preference. The intelligence official’s analysis and Trump’s furious response ­ruined Maguire’s chances of becoming the permanent intelligence chief, according to people familiar with the matter who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.
Trump was angry at Maguire for "speaking to Congress" and for "allowing [the briefing] to take place.

Too bad he doesn't have a say in the matter. This was a briefing with the House Intelligence Committee (not the whole Congress) and the law clearly states that:
The President shall ensure that the congressional intelligence committees are kept fully and currently informed of the intelligence activities of the United States, including any significant anticipated intelligence activity as required by this title. [Sec. 501 (a)(1) of the National Security Act of 1947]
Nothing in this Act shall be construed as authority to withhold information from the congressional intelligence committees on the grounds that providing the information to the congressional intelligence committees would constitute the unauthorized disclosure of classified information or information relating to intelligence sources and methods. [Sec. 501 (2)(e) of the National Security Act of 1947]
He doesn't get to stop the Intelligence Community from briefing either congressional Intelligence Committee.

But the day is still young.

1 comment:

Social Justice NPC Anti-Paladin™ said...

Still pretending Schiff was right and Nunes was wrong about FISA abuse.