FILE — In this Tuesday, May 8, 2018 the U.S. Embassador in Germany, Richard Allen Grenell during his akkreditation by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Bellevue palace in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
Two weeks ago, House Intelligence Committee Chairman and low testosterone pencil neck Adam Schiff sent a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell. The letter was quintessential Schiff. It was arrogant, ill-informed, and attempted to arrogate to Schiff power that he simply does not have.
The letter accuses Grenell of proceeding with a reorganization within the ODNI without the approval of Schiff (he doesn’t need Schiff’s approval as he doesn’t work for Schiff and so long a statutory functions are altered, Schiff’s opinion matters just as much as my dog’s). He blames Grenell for the departure, one way or another, of every Senate-confirmed (note it is Schiff, not Burr, whose opinion actually matters, writing this screed) official in ODNI meaning that none of Schiff’s lap dogs remain in place. He specifically complains about the departure of the head of the National Counter-Terrorism Center chief and his deputy which is a good sign that they are gone.
Schiff then segues to the removal of ICIG Thomas Atkinson, the guy who worked hand-in-glove with Eric Ciarmarella to create a fake event Schiff used to vote articles of impeachment on President Trump and demands, with no authority, for a report from Grenell on his dealings with the new acting ICIG.
Naturally, Schiff claims, without evidence, that there is political interference in the production of intelligence on election security.
This is the letter:
Grenell was not a happy man.
His letter was sent to the press before it was sent to me. These press leaks politicizing the intelligence community must stop. https://t.co/hdWIzGWvZr
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) April 7, 2020
A little earlier today, Grenell officially responded.
— Muse Scry (@MuseScry) April 21, 2020
Grenell demolishes the half-baked letter sent by Schiff. He chides Schiff for failing to mention the addition of women and sexual minorities to ODNI leadership (I don’t think that your genitalia or sexual proclivities are markers are intelligence or competence but as Saul Alinsky said, make them live by their own rules). He denies political interference. He points out that his reorganization is based on multiple organizational evaluations and recommendations for change. He also essentially accuses Schiff of lying to the public, saying that he’s ordered unclassified talking points distributed after briefings to the media to keep the briefings from being misrepresented. The real zinger comes when Grenell acquaints Schiff with what he can and can’t do:
Going forward, I encourage you to think of the relationship between your committee and the IC as that between the legislative and executive branches of government, rather than that between a hedge fund and a distressed asset, as your letter suggests.
He finishes off by reminding Schiff that there is a Ranking Member who needs to be included as a signatory on correspondence if it isn’t going to be taken as a partisan hit job.
It is really a shame that Grenell can’t be nominated for the permanent job, but when he leaves it, the next director will have a much less dysfunctional organization to contend with and the whole nation will be a little bit safer.