Tapped by Trump for Top Spy Post, Ratcliffe Vows to Put Politics Aside

In a contentious and socially distanced hearing, the Senate worked Tuesday to install as the nation’s senior-most spy chief Representative John Ratcliffe, mere months after the Texas Republican staunchly opposed the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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FOIA Requests

A federal court in Washington upheld a majority of Freedom of Information Act request withholdings challenged by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman who seeks every record in federal intelligence agencies’ files that mentions his name. Gellman, who is writing a book about intelligence gathering, reported on documents leaked to him from Edward Snowden.

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Trump Renominates Controversial Pick for Intelligence Chief

President Donald Trump again nominated Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe to serve as director of national intelligence Friday, a move that comes just months after the Republican lawmaker’s first nomination fell apart amid closer scrutiny of his record as a prosecutor. 

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Records Request

A federal court in Washington ruled that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence properly withheld certain documents relating to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that had been requested under the Freedom of Information Act by a Buzzfeed reporter and government transparency nonprofit director.  

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Trump Seizes on Schiff as Impeachment Probe Gathers Steam

Taking aim at the congressman who one day earlier forcefully questioned the White House’s handling of the whistleblower complaint, President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets Friday that call for the resignation of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

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Intelligence Chief Defends Shrouding Whistleblower Complaint

Under fire about his role in keeping secret a whistleblower complaint that has fueled an impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, the acting director of U.S. intelligence told House lawmakers Wednesday that executive privilege concerns pushed him to seek the administration’s guidance.

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