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The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast Bonus Edition: John Ratcliffe vs. The Committee With No Bull

Representative John Ratcliffe testified before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee as a part of his nomination for the position of Director of National Intelligence. Ratcliffe was asked about his views on Russian interference, about the threat posed by North Korea, about how he would handle a variety of issues posed by the coronavirus pandemic and much more. The hearing was fairly substantive but did include some meanderings and grandstanding.

Nominations

Livestream: Senate Intelligence Committee Holds Nomination Hearing for Director of National Intelligence

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an open hearing to consider the president’s nomination of Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas to serve as director of national intelligence.

You can watch a livestream of the hearing here and below:

Intelligence Oversight

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Releases 2019 Transparency Report

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on April 30 released its annual transparency report for the 2019 calendar year. The report presents statistics on how often the government uses certain national securities authorities.

You can read the report here and below:

The Ukraine Connection

Livestream: Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire Testifies Before House Intelligence Committee

Acting DNI Joseph Maguire will testify before the House Intelligence Committee at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. His testimony will concern the whistleblower complaint reportedly involving President Donald Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Intelligence Oversight

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence Responds to the House Intelligence Committee

General Counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Jason Klitenic, released two responses to letters from House Permanent Special Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Committee Chairman Adam Schiff regarding the on-going standoff between the two over an intelligence community whistleblower complaint. In his replies, Klitenic asserts that ODNI believes that they have no statutory obligation to share the information in question with the Committee.

Intelligence Oversight

Unpacking the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Complaint

Last week saw an important development in the continuing erosion of governmental checks and balances. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff subpoenaed Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire and wrote a blistering letter accusing Maguire of violating the law by withholding a whistleblower’s complaint from the Intelligence Committee.

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