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Eleven Questions for Director of National Intelligence Nominee Rep. John Ratcliffe

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an open hearing on May 5 at 9:30 a.m. to consider the president’s nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe for director of national intelligence. What should the committee ask him?

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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:

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Schiff Seeks Answers from Barr Regarding Whistleblower

The Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff published a letter written to Attorney General Bill Barr regarding the Department of Justice’s involvement in the whistleblower complaint. Schiff characterized the intervention as “improper and contrary to both a clear, categorical statutory directive and longstanding IC whistleblowing practices” before demanding the formal legal opinion, allegedly from the Office of Legal Counsel related to the complaint.

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What the Latest Reports Say About the Whistleblower Complaint

More information is coming out in the media about the whistleblower complaint that Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire blocked the inspector general of the intelligence community (ICIG) from transmitting to the congressional intelligence committees. If the speculation is accurate, Maguire’s actions, and the legal defense of those actions by Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) General Counsel Jason Klitenic, may have a firmer legal foundation than has so far been apparent.

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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.

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