The chairmen of the three House committees—Oversight and Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence—issued a subpeona to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to produce documents related to the Trump administration's interractions with officials associated with the Ukrainian government.
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I was surprised to find in my mailbox this morning a small package from the CIA. I was even more surprised to find within it a letter to me from CIA Director Michael Pompeo himself. The contents of Pompeo's letter, which the CIA posted on its website as well, further surprised me.
I confess that I don't know the answer to this question.
But the grapevine has been buzzing this morning in response to a Christmas letter the CIA director apparently sent to his workforce—a message which has a bunch of agency eyebrows heading skyward about the director's supposedly political and exclusionary words.
This seems like a job for the Freedom of Information Act.
I filed this request a few moments ago seeking both the message itself and any summaries of complaints received in response to it:
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We made a little video.
No commentary. No opinions. No nothing—except recent senior intelligence and administration officials answering questions about what they believe about the Russian election interference.
The senior intelligence all spoke at last week's Aspen Security Forum. The full videos of their remarks are available here. The other snippets are taken from, well, elsewhere.
As the Romans might say, res ipsa loquitur.
In a letter recently released by Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the State Department emphasized that the Iran deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – is not binding under international law. The letter was in response to Pompeo’s inquiry about why the JCPOA transmitted to Congress lacked signatures. The State Department said, in part: