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The Senate voted along party lines Thursday to confirm Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, as President Trump’s director of National Intelligence. Ratcliffe will replace Richard Grenell, who has been the acting director — Grenell has held the post since February, while retaining his role as U.S. ambassador to Germany.
Unfortunately, for Democrats, Ratcliff is expected to maintain the same commitment to transparency as Grenell, who reinforced that stance in a Twitter dust-up with Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.
Swalwell, a failed Democratic presidential hopeful best known for appearing to loudly pass gas on live television, leveled baseless accusations that Grenell and Ratcliffe are protecting the president.
Grenell just declassified an email former national security adviser Susan Rice sent to herself about an Oval Office meeting with former President Barack Obama, where the investigation of former national security advisor Mike Flynn was discussed — Flynn was set up by former director James Comey’s FBI.
The exchange with Swalwell began after the lawmaker replied to a tweet from Daily Beast editor-in-chief Noah Shachtman, stating that he trusts FBI Director Christopher Wray, who some suggest is missing in action, but not Grenell or Ratcliffe.
“They’re the ones with the shovels burying evidence to protect [Trump],” he added.
Grenell responded to the slight by reminding the Democratic lawmaker that he was the one with a history of working to hide information he didn’t like, before insisting “transparency is now a must.”
“I’m letting the public see more info,” he said. “You are the one who worked to hide the information you didn’t like. You listened to multiple people in classified hearings say they had no evidence and yet go on TV and say the opposite. Transparency is now a must!”
I’m letting the public see more info. You are the one who worked to hide the information you didn’t like. You listened to multiple people in classified hearings say they had no evidence and yet go on TV and say the opposite. Transparency is now a must! https://t.co/C0pKnneuoh
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 22, 2020
This prompted a counter from Swalwell, slamming Grenell for not briefing the Intel Committee and calling on him to release Flynn’s call with the Russian ambassador.
He included the hashtag, #ShowUsTheTape.
In what amounts to being careful what you ask for, Grenell delivered the surprising news, insisting “for too long the public has been misled.”
“Those are coming. It’s very important for the public to see ALL of them. For too long the public has been misled. Just compare your committee’s transcripts to your public statements!” Grenell tweeted.
He included the hashtag, #troubling.
Those are coming. It’s very important for the public to see ALL of them. For too long the public has been misled. Just compare your committee’s transcripts to your public statements! #troubling https://t.co/gzyNJuQJDY
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 22, 2020
Americans have faith in Grenell, and the Trump administration, when it comes to finally exposing the shenanigans that went on under the previous administration — let’s hope they are not let down.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Grenell 💨 Swalwell https://t.co/oARREcPFS3
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) May 22, 2020
“Just compare your committee’s transcripts to your public statements!”
Watching Swalwell get rolled by Grenell is rapidly proving to be one of the day’s pleasures. https://t.co/YvIJzUhTw2
— Jeff Carlson (@themarketswork) May 22, 2020
Again, thank you, Mr. Grenell. All we want is transparency & accountability, but, the D’s are hell bent on throwing up roadblocks to stop that.
— Brian Molino ⭐️⭐️⭐️ – #ExonerateGenFlynn (@molino_brian) May 22, 2020
Swalwell jumped into the wrong ring in the wrong weight class. It’s amazing the lengths to which people like him will deflect and lie
— Tim (@AbesMullet) May 22, 2020
say cheese! everyone pic.twitter.com/RvTgQP8ycg
— Nellie cOhrona 🇺🇸 (@Nellie_0hr) May 22, 2020
Dude has been a fool way before all of this!
— Sam (@SammyRosario13) May 22, 2020
Is @RichardGrenell really Captain America?
Has anyone ever seen them in the same room together? pic.twitter.com/zuxTKXsHEF
— Dabney ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@DabneyPorte) May 22, 2020
Grenell is a national treasure
— Big Truzz (@LionsDenBanshee) May 22, 2020
Haha… I love it, @RepSwalwell is getting his LIES exposed by the great Richard Grenell. They don’t know what’s going to hit them. The American people thank you Grenell! 🇺🇸 enough is enough time for the truth. We’ve been dragged through the mud and need to clean it up
— KB24 (@KB2408LAFAN) May 22, 2020
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