Burr: Intel Report Endangers Officers and Allies, Smear on Bush Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) had  the following reaction to today’s release of the majority Intel report:

“In April, I voted to submit the Democrat’s study to the Executive Branch for redaction and, if appropriate, release.  Rather than go through a thorough, thoughtful redaction process that would ensure the protection of our intelligence professionals and international allies, the Committee Democrats chose instead to pressure the White House and our Intelligence Community to release more information for political reasons that only they understand.”

“I fear the ramifications for our national security and global partnerships, and I stand by my assertion that this report is flawed, biased, and political in nature.  What was released today by the Committee Democrats is largely already known by the vast majority of Americans -- what was new in the report was the dangerous inclusion of information about countries and other partners who aided the United States’  intelligence community.  The Committee Democrats’ pressure to request inclusion of these additional details, and the Administration’s acquiescence, will likely cause long-lasting damage to our international relationships and threaten intelligence professionals and American citizens around the world.  It is regrettable that the Committee’s Democrats decided to put their own political agenda before the safety and security of our nation and our allies.”

“I urge everyone to read the Minority Views which document many falsehoods propagated by the Study.  In fact, the CIA attempted to keep the Congress informed of its activities and did not impede White House oversight."

“It seems to me that this report only endangers our officers and allies in a blatant attempt to smear the Bush Administration. Neither of these things fall under the mission of the intelligence committee.”

Read the Minority Views here.