New Sheriff in Town and He Won’t Tolerate Loose Lisps….errr, Lips.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe says he has made multiple “crimes reports” related to leaks of classified information.
Ratcliffe, a former Texas congressman who has overseen the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies since May, also defended his decision to shift election security briefings from in-person to in writing over concerns about leaks and politicization during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News.
“There are investigations” into potentially illegal leaks and that “I know that because I’ve made a number of what are called crimes reports in connection since I’ve been the DNI,” Ratcliffe said. “When I become aware of intelligence community information that is disclosed unlawfully, I do what’s called a crimes report — I’ve done that now on a number of occasions, and so those investigations are moving forward.”
The “timing of any prosecutions,” he said, “would be something that the FBI would have to address, and I think that they will down the road.”
Ratcliffe made the revelations in the context of defending his decision on how the Office of the Director of National Intelligence will brief members of Congress on the election meddling threats going forward.
“I’m going to continue to keep the promises that I made, and I’m going to continue to follow the law and continue to keep Congress informed” but arguing that there has been “a pandemic of information being leaked out of the intelligence community — and I’m going to take the measures to make sure that that stops,” Ratcliffe said.