National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe has accused the Democrats of producing a misleading classified document that was handed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, which was selectively extracted from reports on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections without representing the point of view of the intelligence community.
The document, which was sent to the FBI director, was signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner.
As Just The News indicated, through a letter sent this week to Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ratcliffe stated that U.S. intelligence did not create or authorize the addendum in the Democrats’ letter.
“Unfortunately, this addition is only selectively based on a small number of IC [Intelligence Committee] reports and focuses on a single threat actor in the election security space. In short, the classified addendum apparently prepared by the individuals mentioned above in no way reflects the full and comprehensive analysis of the IC,” Ratcliffe added in the document.
Grassley and Johnson drafted a letter on Aug. 4 that was sent to Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff, and Warner, highlighting concerns that the Democrats’ document had leaked to the media.
Ratcliffe said, “China poses a greater national security threat to the U.S. than any other nation” and “that includes threats of election influence and interference,” according to a Fox News report on Aug. 17.
Last Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr, based on recent intelligence reports, said that China, not Russia, is the biggest electoral threat.
On Sept. 1, the Justice Department announced that reforms will be implemented at the FBI in response to accusations of several mistakes made during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.
According to Reuters, Attorney General William Barr issued two memos describing some changes that will be implemented at the FBI, one is the creation of an internal audit office that will be sufficiently rigorous in monitoring its activities.
The other memo specifies that in order for the FBI to monitor communications from an elected candidate, political campaign, or public official, the director must first file an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), which must also meet certain requirements.
“The additional reforms announced today, which we worked on closely with the Attorney General’s Office, will build on the FBI’s efforts to bolster its compliance program,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.