By Duncan Smith

Even as the Senate confirmed former U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe to be the next permanent director of national intelligence this week, the current acting DNI, Richard Grenell, is making the most of his remaining time in the post.

In a back-and-forth with Rep. Eric “Nukem” Swalwell, whose 2020 Democratic presidential bid lasted about 20 minutes, on Twitter, Grenell said that the declassification of more ‘Russiagate’ documents was coming so the American people can learn more about the Obama administration’s improper targeting of the 2016 Trump campaign.

After Swalwell accused Grenell and incoming DNI Ratcliffe of trying to hide information to ‘protect’ President Trump, the real victim in all of this, Grenell blasted Swalwell out of the water with a truth bomb.

“I’m letting the public see more info. You are the one who worked to hide the information you didn’t like. You listened to multiple people in classified hearings say they had no evidence and yet go on TV and say the opposite. Transparency is now a must!” he wrote.

Swalwell then accused Grenell of never coming to “brief” the House Intelligence Committee, which of course is chaired by Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has a tendency, it is said, to selectively leak classified information to the media in order to hurt the president.

Then Grenell dropped this bombshell: He’s going to ensure that Swalwell’s request to release the transcript of Flynn’s call with former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

“Those are coming. It’s very important for the public to see ALL of them. For too long the public has been misled. Just compare your committee’s transcripts to your public statements! #troubling” Grenell wrote. 

There’s an old expression that goes, ‘Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it.’

Maybe Swalwell should have thought of that before shooting off his mouth.

As for Ratcliffe, it’s likely we can expect no less transparency from him, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted Friday ahead of the confirmation vote.

“John Ratcliffe will lead the Intelligence Community in countering threats from great powers, rogue nations, and terrorists and ensuring that work is untainted by political bias,” he said.

“Rep. Ratcliffe understands his top responsibility is to make sure the wide array of intelligence agencies are sharing information across lines, coordinating capabilities, and are all working in the furtherance of the same strategic aim of the 21st century,” Intelligence Committee Chairman Marco Rubio said during Ratcliffe’s confirmation hearing earlier this month.


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