Hours before he was officially announced as President Trump’s pick for Director of National Intelligence, Rep. John Ratcliffe publicly accused members of the Obama administration of breaking the law.
Democrats “accused Donald Trump of a crime, and then they try and reverse engineer a process to justify that accusation,” he told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.
Obama Admin Crimes?
Ratcliffe discussed his particularly scathing questioning of former special counsel Robert Mueller, claiming the Democrats have long denied President Trump a presumption of innocence.
He promptly accused the administration under Barack Obama of having committed crimes, though, unlike the Democrats, declined to harpoon the presumption of innocence by citing specifics.
“I’m not going to accuse any specific person of any specific crime, I just want there to be a fair process to get there,” Ratcliffe stated. “What I do know, as a former federal prosecutor, is that it does appear that there were crimes committed during the Obama administration.”
Shortly thereafter, President Trump announced Ratcliffe as his nomination to replace Dan Coats as the Director of National Intelligence.
….be leaving office on August 15th. I would like to thank Dan for his great service to our Country. The Acting Director will be named shortly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
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If nominated and confirmed by the Senate, Ratcliffe would become the sixth person to serve as Director of National Intelligence.
Where to Look
Ratcliffe discussed areas of the Russia investigation that Mueller claimed were not within his boundaries to look into. Despite seeking to identify collusion between Russia and an American campaign, the special counsel did not feel it relevant to analyze items such as the Steele dossier and the Hillary Clinton campaign’s role, James Comey’s leaks, Fusion GPS, or Bruce and Nellie Ohr.
The Trump nominee would like to see the Justice Department investigate.
“Now the things that Bob Mueller said he didn’t know about and his team clearly didn’t look at, those are things that would be fair for Bill Barr and the Department of Justice to look at,” Ratcliffe explained.
“We know that things happened in the Obama administration that haven’t been answered. There’s been no accountability for that yet.”
Ratcliffe also mentioned leaking of classified phone transcripts involving Michael Flynn.
“You talked earlier about Michael Flynn. His phone call with the Russian ambassador was a highly classified NSA intercept. Someone in the Obama administration leaked that call to the Washington Post. That’s a felony,” he said.
Ratcliffe Has Been Sounding the Alarm
Ratcliffe has, in the past, accused the Obama administration of giving the Justice Department stand down orders when it came to investigating Hillary.
Lisa Page confirmed to me under oath that the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information. pic.twitter.com/KPQKINBtrB
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) March 13, 2019
He has also referenced the Obama administration’s use of FISA court warrants in their efforts to spy on members of the Trump campaign in 2016.
With this string of accusations, Ratcliffe has joined President Trump in saying it’s time to open up an “investigation of the investigators.”