Ratcliffe Sworn-in as DNI – What Next for Ric Grenell?

The Mid-Day Campaign Update

John Ratcliffe was sworn into office as the new Director of National Intelligence Tuesday morning. Especially relevant was the man who did the swearing-in: His predecessor Ric Grenell.

In just 90 days on the job, Mr. Grenell performed one of the great services to our country in its history. By the sheer force of his will and his willingness to take personal risks for the greater good, Grenell completely exposed the scope and scale of the scandal we are now calling Obamagate. As a parting salute to Grenell, the folks at the Daily Caller put together a great piece cataloging the major actions he took during his brief time in the job.

Here are some examples:

— Directed the IC to change the way they protect the identities of U.S. citizens contained within intelligence reporting

— Completed the IC review of 53 transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 election and made the transcripts publicly available

— Declassified previously redacted footnotes from the Justice Department Inspector General’s report into the origins of the Russian collusion investigation

— Declassified a list of government officials who requested the unmasking of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

— Replaced FBI with ODNI as the primary group responsible for briefing presidential campaigns on information derived from national intelligence

— Declassified former national security adviser Susan Rice’s email to herself regarding a January 2016 Oval Office where progress on the Russia investigation was discussed

— Declassified additional transcripts in ODNI’s possession for potential public release by incoming DNI John Ratcliffe


The list is very long, and it is well worth your time to read the entire thing. No doubt Mr. Ratcliffe will do a fine job in this position, but he will find himself at great pains to replicate Grenell’s amazing record of achievement.

As his final act on the job, Grenell declassified what Fox News reports as “a slew of” additional Russia-probe-related files, including transcripts of several calls between General Mike Flynn and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. Of note, those calls do not include the December 29, 2016 call between the two men that the coup cabal within the FBI claimed as the basis for its effort to frame Flynn. Grenell made it clear in a tweet over the weekend that that particular call was not the property of the Intelligence Community.

This is a key disclosure, since it means that that particular call was not recorded under the umbrella of the IC’s efforts during that time to monitor Kislyak’s communications, but rather directly recorded by the FBI as a part of its own spying efforts on the Trump Transition team. Thus, the transcript of that critical call can only be declassified by the FBI and Department of Justice.

Interestingly, Grenell announced over the weekend that he will not return to his full-time job as the nation’s Ambassador to Germany. One would hope that President Trump would convince him to remain in service to the nation, given that he possesses such rare leadership skills. No agency of the Federal Government is more desperately in need of a dynamic and determined leader than the FBI itself, which continues to flounder around under the feckless reign of the useless, obstructing Christopher Wray.

It is long past time for President Trump to admit that the appointment of Wray was one of the great mistakes of his presidency. If Grenell is willing, there is literally no reason at all to keep Wray around a day longer.

That is all.

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16 thoughts on “Ratcliffe Sworn-in as DNI – What Next for Ric Grenell?

  1. Silas - May 26, 2020

    If President Trump actually does fire Wray and convince Ambassador Grennell to take the position, then all h ell is gonna break loose at the FBI. Not one d@mn agent in that whole organization went whistleblower over this shite, not one. More concerned with keeping their government job and pension than justice imho..

    1. yiddishlion - May 26, 2020

      Actually, there are some whistle-blowers currently working with Durham. Which you will see very soon.

    2. Philly Smith - May 26, 2020

      You are right. Grenell is a hero and not afraid of the heavy lifting required to battle the Dems, the corrupt media and the deep state. Put him in as head of the FBI!

    3. Boarwild - May 26, 2020

      Silas – that was my very point every time I heard Sean “Tik Tok” Hannity pronounce the “99% rank & file honest, hardworking agents”; found myself yelling @ the radio/tv “Based on what?!!!! Where are the whistleblowers?”

      Yiddishlion – hope you’re right. We will see I hope.

  2. Silas - May 26, 2020

    Oh and everybody caught up in the Obamagate fiasco should have their security clearances stripped immediately.

    1. Trump2020 The Man - May 26, 2020

      And go to jail.

  3. brian - May 26, 2020

    I would go one further Silas. Give Grenell the FBI leadership and Flynn the CIA leadership. Haspell is up to her ears in this as well, shes just smart enough to stay silent and draw no attention to herself.

    I agree that these coup cabal actors should immediately lose all security and if found innocent of any charges they could have it reinstated. Same with pensions and immunities, all withdrawn until ‘exonerated’, as the term they so like to use, has been established in court. Taste of their own medicine.

    1. Silas - May 26, 2020

      Head of CIA, I like it. That would be super delicious justice indeed.

      1. yiddishlion - May 26, 2020

        Or the FBI. I will take either. But preferably the FBI

  4. ChuckT - May 26, 2020

    Grenell to head the FBI. It’s a headline I’d love to read.

  5. Jimmy MacAfee - May 26, 2020

    He (Richard Grenell) seems to have a taste and a temperament for a series of positions of “Acting Director.” It would be shocking, but he could become Acting FBI Director, then Acting CIA Director and so forth, acting as a high-pressure washer until much of the swamp is drained and evacuated like so much stuff prior to a colonoscopy. He’s like a high-pressure sprayer for the colon we know as Washington, DC. Or he could be an excellent Inspector General, if he wants to settle into a more permanent position – anywhere.

    My personal appraisal is that he’s an excellent knife fighter: seems to know where to slice, how to administer the sharp edge and the point, and how deep to make the cut. I imagine Princess Pelosi is having a few extra drinks before bed these days, wishing she hadn’t tried to be so cute.

    Imagine the look on the face of Adam Schiff when Grenell overruled him! I bet that’s when “Judge” Sullivan began packing his bags – he’ll be forced to resign, I suspect – and when Mark Warner thought he might want to retire (so far no word, but his head is on the block, being one of those who “saw the evidence of collusion,” probably provided by Brennan.) Notice Brennan hasn’t said a word about former Acting Director Grenell. When Brennan does, he does so at his own peril.

    I suspect that there are personal scores to settle, too; Susan Rice oversaw some of the coverup of Benghazi, and that affair was the planned murder of Ambassador Stevens. ‘Nuff said.

    As I draw a picture of him as a knife fighter, it’s partly because he could appear anywhere, even out of nowhere (which is what he did as Acting DNI Director) at any time. There’s something energetic and extraordinary about his pace and timing – which is why I suspect it’s both professional and personal – not so much political. Deeply personal. Deeply professional.

    I bet General Flynn and Admiral Rogers are laughing themselves to sleep at night at the collapse of the stone wall that had been set up by Wray vis a vis Mueller! (I suspect that Chris Wray is developing a serious love of family right now, too, as in “I need to spend more time with my family.”) Bye, Chris; we hardly knew ya! Hidden up there on the 7th floor and all.

    I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from Mr. Grenell. Congratulations on the 9.5 quake you set off on the banks of the Potomac, Richard. Our Founding Fathers would be proud of you!

  6. Gregg - May 26, 2020

    Regarding Silas’ and others security clearance comments:

    I surrendered my clearance when I left government employment as I no longer “Had a need to Know” or have access to the country’s classified information or secrets. I don’t understand why and how anyone – regardless of their position or title – was (is?) allowed to keep their clearance “as a courtesy”. That policy is insane; especially when some go on to “work” for the media? There was no reason why Walking Eagle, and the Three Stogies: James Crapper, Commie Brennan, and the other guy whose name escapes me and the other subversives who left government along with ‘the One’ on Jan. 20, 2017 should have still had access to our national secrets.

    The argument was made that their clearances need to be retained in case their ‘expertise’ is required by the new administration’s incoming people. That is abject Bull Schiff! If needed, clearances for specific people can be restored for specific requirements for a specific timeframe, i.e., a “Need to Know”. None of the former Obama ‘officials’ had a “Need to Know” anything after Jan. 20, 2017.

    Last I heard there are over a half a million clearances currently active in America’s “secret” agencies and in the military. Is it any wonder why there were so many leaks early in the Trump Administration, especially when ‘the One’ expanded call monitoring from like three intel agencies to all 17 just before leaving office to spy on and harm Trump’s and America’s creditability and attempt to trap his people and cripple his administration? Many of Trump’s early calls were being ‘leaked’ to the media just as fast (in near real time) as were Walking Eagle’s SECRET emails being leaked on her private unsecured server to many of our enemies and adversaries. Yet since she “didn’t INTEND to violate the law” she was allowed to skate by AG Lynch via Comey. Funny how that works for Eagle and others in ‘the One’s orbit. General Flynn certainly didn’t INTEND to “lie” to the FBI during its Schiff “investigation” against Trump and his totally innocent people.

    ‘The One’ and his traitors were busy little bees during the last month of his administration, and his and Bush Jr’s and BJ Clinton’s embeds were and probably still are active in the District of Corruption collectively known as the SWAMP. It should, however be known as a CESSPOOL as a swamp is actually a beneficial eco system that promotes growth and perpetuates the lifecycle of many species whereas a cesspool is just a holding tank for schiff and people of his ilk.

    1. Silas - May 26, 2020

      I have had two in my lifetime, Once when I was in the Air Force and once in the Air Guard. Both got pulled the minute I separated. It should be that way regardless of where you work, Another of my President Trump wish list items is an EO declaring all individuals who are no longer in the position the clearance was granted for lose their clearance immediately. If they get called back or requested to come in and give advice, then grant them a temporary one until they’re no longer needed and then it goes away.It’s a very, very special privilege, not a right.

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - May 27, 2020

        Seems pretty clear, when you put it that way. Crystal.

      2. Gregg - May 27, 2020

        Yep, Silas it is a privilege, and I also had two…

        It was only granted once you were properly and completely vetted including background checks on your family regarding BIRTH Certificates and interviews with friends to see that your were deemed an “acceptably risk” to the government via your compartmented access to specific data/information so that your can accomplish your job on a “Need to Know” basis.

        BTW, (at least back in the day 13+ years ago) one of our most secret networks was totally off limits to foreign born (NO FORN) individuals; “Need to Know” TOP Secret data info had to be vetted and declassified down to be allowed to be posted to a lessor level network that was accessible to allies etc.

        Just so you know, the president is automatically granted access to ALL classified network information since he is the commander in chief. The vetting of all presidential and vice presidential and congressional candidates should be mandatory prior to running for office, or at least during the time between the nominating conventions or the primary clinching in the case of the congressional candidates.

        Any leakers (Schiff (D) CA, Senator Leaky Leahy (D) VT for example) who run or are on any intelligence committee and leaks intelligence should – must – be removed from congress and prosecuted. And don’t forget Speaker Nancy Klink put the first term FOREIGN BORN Ilhan Omar (D) MN on the committee on Foreign Affairs which I believe requires a clearance of at least a very high level if not the “NO FORN” Network.

        How is this happening? ALL our politicians must be properly vetted PRIOR to running for any legislative or executive position at the federal, stated and large municipal level.

  7. Ben Colder - May 27, 2020

    It would be a great thing if Trump would fire that double dealing bastard Wray .Boy would that set the dem/communists to squealing like stuck hogs.The FBI either needs to be scrapped or completely re-done.I think scrapping them would be best fire every one of them and start over.The FBI has been out of control for years.

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