Lawrence David| Opinion| North Carolina Senator Richard Burr and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton are both members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Burr was Mitch McConnell’s choice to chair that committee.
Under Burr’s guidance, and with McConnell’s approval, the SSCI has served as the firewall that prevents honest administrators from being given a floor vote for positions within the intelligence community.
It was Burr’s refusal to move President Trump’s nominee for Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe (R-TX), to the floor of the Senate, that killed Ratcliffe’s potential confirmation. Here’s why…
Having worked closely with Devin Nunes on the House Intelligence Committee, Ratcliffe knows the entire story behind the attempted coup of President Trump… and that includes the role played by members of the SSCI.
Ratcliffe knew too much about the plot to remove President Trump and he was openly discussing it with reporters like Maria Bartiromo, when given the chance.
From the position of DNI he would be in position to declassify the documents that would prove the SSCI, specifically Co-Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) participated in the attempted coup of President Trump..
Fast forward to a secret briefing on the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. As members of the SSCI, both Burr and Cotton were made aware of the threat the virus posed to America’s health and economic well-being.
That’s where their behavior parts company.
Burr sought to profit off the insider information by warning a small group of well-connected constituents about what was coming.
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-c