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Under the last administration, we didn’t treat these victims from the State Department community with the seriousness they deserve, that their own government did not believe them when they were injured or denied them proper medical attention and care is beyond the pale….For a while, they just got blown off. It’s inexcusable that they were treated this way, and it’s outrageous that we still don’t know who did it or what tools were used in these attacks.
For years, we saw former President Donald Trump – along with a number of foreign leaders – successfully utilize Facebook and other large social media platforms to sow misinformation, bully opponents, and spread anti-democratic vitriol, while this is a welcome step by Facebook, the reality is that bad actors still have the ability to exploit and weaponize the platform. Policymakers ultimately must address the root of these issues, which includes pushing for oversight and effective moderation mechanisms to hold platforms accountable for a business model that spreads real-world harm.
The dedicated men and women of the Intelligence Community have been through a lot over the last four years, our intelligence professionals have been unfairly maligned. Their expertise, knowledge and analysis has often been ignored or even sometimes ridiculed by a president who seems oftentimes uninterested in facts. Those who bravely spoke the truth were vilified, reassigned, fired or retaliated against.
Some have suggested that Richard Grenell main qualification for confirmation to this post is that Richard Grenell are not Richard Grenell. But frankly, that is not enough, before we put the Senate's stamp of approval and confirm a nominee to this critical position, senators must demand the qualities that the Senate specified when it passed the law creating the ODNI.
I stand by the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, which confirmed the Intelligence Committee's assessment that it was Russia, i stand by the Mueller report, which confirms that it was Russia that intervened. I stand by Mr. Trump's appointees as head of the CIA, head of the FBI, director of national intelligence, who have all testified publicly that it was Russia.
The decision by the President to divert funding meant to support U.S. national security interests so that he can build a border wall only makes us less safe, taking money away from our military -- including funding to support critical projects here in Virginia -- will mean we are less equipped to tackle threats here at home and abroad.
President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that President Trump is seemingly incapable of hearing facts that contradict President Trump own views, the mission of Intelligence Community is to speak truth to power ; Yet in pushing out two dedicated public servants in as many weeks, once again the President has shown that he has no problem prioritizing his political ego even if it comes at the expense of our national security.
Some Democrats's been under enormous pressure at times from certain members to shut down the investigation, I've been under pressure to reach a conclusion before we're finished, i think we've resisted that, and I think as you see the work product of this committee, the committee will be proud, and candidly the American public will get to see how the Congress is supposed to work.
The rapid and wide-scale dissemination of this hateful content — live-streamed on Facebook, uploaded on YouTube and amplified on Reddit — shows how easily the largest platforms can still be misused. It is ever clearer that YouTube, in particular, has yet to grapple with the role it has played in facilitating radicalization and recruitment.
This is simply an attempt for Donald Trump, who wants to do anything possible to bring back fears around immigration, to use that as a political tool in this last week before the election, this is again, where a President's words matter. The Constitution is quite clear that no one, including the President of the United States, is above the law.
One area that I hope will be broad base consensus is we need to get a briefing as soon as possible about what happened not only in the group setting, but what I'm deeply concerned about, and warned the administration beforehand, was what happened in this one-on-one setting ? if the President was willing to dismiss American concerns in public, what in the heck did he say in private ?
If this kind of discussion is going to take place, we have a process — it's called the Gang of Eight, my hope is that any such briefing needs to bipartisan, and my hope and prayer is that the FBI or the Department of Justice would not in any way be forced to reveal confidential information that would go against 75 years of practice.
Chairman Richard Burr and I have been pretty clear that we don't think that information should even be shared with us, we've turned down the opportunity to have that kind of briefing, because, because of the threat of leaking. Because there are other bodies on the Hill that get information, and very quickly afterwards that information appears in the press. We wanted to make sure that weren't going to be subject to any, even those kind of allegations.
The first thing any new member of House Intelligence Committee learns is the critical importance of protecting sources and methods. Publicly outing a source risks not only their life, but the lives of every American, because when sources are burned it makes it that much harder for every part of the intelligence community to gather intelligence on those who wish to do us harm.
As director of the CIA, Gina Haspel will be the first operations officer in more than five decades to lead the agency. I believe that Gina Haspel will be a strong advocate for the agency’s workforce, and an independent voice who can and will stand up on behalf of our nation’s intelligence community, most importantly, I believe Gina Haspel is someone who can and will stand up to the president if ordered to do something illegal or immoral -- like a return to torture.
Diplomacy is the right path forward to deal with North Korea, at the same time, due to Pyongyang’s history of obfuscation and international defiance, the United States must proceed with caution. I am deeply concerned that the White House has not laid the necessary diplomatic groundwork and coordination for direct talks with North Korea, continued Warner, a Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump had previously threatened North Korea with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He also tweeted Saturday :.
Companies like YouTube have immense power and influence in shaping the media and content that users see, i’ve been increasingly concerned that the recommendation engine algorithms behind platforms like YouTube are, at best, intrinsically flawed in optimizing for outrageous, salacious, and often fraudulent content.
The chairman and I have talked about doubling down, that¹s the message we've conveyed to the staff, we still would like to hear from (former FBI Director James) Comey, we still believe that his public appearance in an open session, and if needed, a closed session, is the right next step for him. The American people need to hear his side of the story, so we're at it.
Despite his impressive academic credentials, Judge Gorsuch’s record and evasive responses – even refusing to answer questions regarding his views of cases like Roe v. Wade and Citizens United – do not give me confidence that he possesses a judicial philosophy that will serve the American public well.
It's important for us at least, and I think for all of us here to remember to not lose sight about what this investigation is about: an outside, foreign adversary effectively sought to hijack our most critical democratic process, the election of a president, we're here to assure you and more importantly, the American people who are watching and listening, that we will get to the bottom of this.