Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) claimed that it appeared there were “crimes committed” by the Obama administration during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russian election interference.
During an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Ratcliffe — a former federal prosecutor and President Donald Trump‘s pick to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats — was asked by host Maria Bartiromo “where the wrongdoing was specifically” in the origins of Mueller’s investigation.
Ratcliffe responded by saying that the “first thing” that the people investigating the origins of the probe — Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Attorney General William Barr — needed to do was “not do what the Democrats have done” by accusing Trump of “a crime” then try to “reverse engineer” justification for their accusation.
He went on to say that he would not “accuse any specific person of any crime” but that he wanted a “fair process” to reach the conclusion that a crime was committed and claimed that there were “crimes committed” under Obama’s tenure as president.
“I think the first thing we need to do is make sure we don’t do what the Democrats have done. They accused Donald Trump of a crime and then they try and reverse engineer a process to justify that accusation. So 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. What I do know as a former federal prosecutor is that it does appear that there were crimes committed during the Obama administration.”
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As IJR News previously reported, Ratcliffe was tapped by Trump to become the next head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the position that oversees all of the U.S. intelligence agencies including the CIA.
If confirmed by the Senate, he would be replacing current spy chief Coats, who has been serving in the position since 2017.Published in