Many officials from Barack Obama’s administration are not resting easy after President Trump’s new Director of National Intelligence put them on notice.
John Ratcliffe is a Texas Republican who served on the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees and was picked by Trump to replace Dan Coats.
He has a decidedly less rosy view of team Obama and what they may have done or not done to Trump with the Russia investigation.
“I think the first thing we need to do is make sure we don’t do what the Democrats have done,” John told Maria Bartiromo.
“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.”
“Now the things that Bob Mueller said he didn’t know about and his team clearly didn’t look at, those are things that would be fair for Bill Barr and the Department of Justice to look at.
Because we know that things happened in the Obama administration that haven’t been answered. There’s been no accountability for that yet,” Ratcliffe added.
“Well, the special counsel told us … that they didn’t do it. And if they didn’t do it, the only place we can get the answers is from the Justice Department right now,” Ratcliffe said.
“The American people want that. Their faith and trust, Maria, has been shaken in our Justice Department, and the only way to get that back is for there to be real accountability with a very fair process.
Again, I have supreme confidence in Bill Barr’s ability to deliver that. And at the end of the day, wherever the outcome may be, as long as we know that the process was fair, the evaluation was fair, justice will be done. Look, the truth always defends itself.”
“You talked earlier about Michael Flynn. His phone call with the Russian ambassador was a highly classified NSA intercept. Someone in the Obama administration leaked that call to the Washington Post. That’s a felony,” he added.