Intel Chief: Dem Election Security Doc ‘Draws Selectively’ from Limited Intel Reports
Sep 03, 2020
WASHINGTON – A letter and classified addendum created by senior Democrats alleging that Republicans have relied on foreign disinformation “only draws selectively from a small number of IC reports and focuses on only one threat actor in the elections security space,” and “by no means reflects the full and complete analysis of the IC,” according to a letter from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
“I can confirm the IC did not create the classified addendum to the 13 July letter, nor did we authorize its creation. The IC was not consulted prior to its creation and subsequent release to the entire membership of the U.S. House of Representatives,” Ratcliffe wrote.
The classified addendum to a July 13 letter from senior congressional Democrats, portions of which were leaked to the news media, mixed their theories on unclassified open source material with classified intelligence reports to fabricate a veneer of credibility but shield their analysis from public scrutiny. For example one claim reportedly in the addendum relies solely on a public document created by Andriy Derkach, a foreign national identified as attempting to influence the 2020 election. Without any basis, Democrats speculated that the document possibly suggests Derkach may have sent packets of material to Grassley and Johnson. Although this document itself appears to be foreign disinformation, Democrats included it in the classified addendum and its subsequent leak was reported as fact by U.S. media outlets. Derkach’s document, which was also published by U.S media, does not indicate that he sent any material to Grassley and Johnson.
Grassley and Johnson have repeatedly rejected claims that they are in contact with Derkach or have received or relied on his work product. They have also repeatedly stated that their investigation is based on records from the Obama administration and a U.S.-based Democratic lobby shop.
“We flatly reject and deny any claims that we have received, much less are relying on, any materials received from Andriy Derkach – and there is no such evidence to support these false Democrat claims. It’s clear from the ODNI’s letter that this addendum was created to advance partisan politics not election security. Congress should take seriously any real threat to our elections, not just the ones Democrats find politically convenient or ones they cook up based on actual disinformation to smear their political rivals,” the chairmen said.
Ratcliffe’s letter responds to questions raised by Grassley and Johnson following reports on the claims contained within the addendum.