St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued this statement following media reports that Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy was aware that his agents were in possession of information regarding Chairman Jason Chaffetz, in violation of federal law:
"Director Clancy demonstrated a serious lack of judgment by allowing his agents to distribute personal information regarding Chairman Chaffetz, which they then released in an attempt to discredit legitimate concerns regarding the numerous failures of the Secret Service. I am stunned that Director Clancy did not immediately take disciplinary action against the agents involved for such a flagrant violation of federal law. This behavior is indicative of the toxic culture within the Secret Service and detrimental towards re-establishing trust in the Secret Service's ability to discharge its important duties and responsibilities."Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement following the House passage of a continuing resolution that funds the federal government through December 11:
“Continuing resolutions are no way to legislate. Today's continuing resolution extends the spending priorities of the Harry Reid Senate from 2014, fails to direct money away from organizations like Planned Parenthood that sell baby parts for profit, contains less funding for our military than the appropriations bill passed by the House earlier this year, and does nothing to cut wasteful spending and reform government.”Read More
St. Augustine – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement in response to the completion of and beginning of patient care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in St. Augustine, Florida:
“After years of delays, I am glad that the Department of Veterans Affairs has completed an interim clinic in St. Augustine to serve the more than 5,000 veterans that rely on the VA clinic for care. It is critically important that our veterans receive uninterrupted service as the St. Augustine CBOC transitions from their previous location. Rest assured, I will continue to monitor and conduct oversight over the progress towards a permanent facility.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter today to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter demanding answers in response to allegations that United States troops are discouraged from reporting the rape and abuse of children at the hands of our Afghan allies. The letter can be found here. DeSantis issued the following statement:
“Recent media reports claim that our military commanders in Afghanistan have instructed troops to look the other way should they witness crimes against children, including sexual assault and rape, occurring at the hands of our Afghan allies. These allegations are horrific, and if true, absolutely indefensible. ‘Cultural considerations’ should not overrule the importance of defending the human rights of the most vulnerable. I have asked Secretary Carter to detail for Congress exactly where Pentagon policy and enforcement on this issue stands, and he needs to respond promptly. This sad situation requires swift accountability.”Read More
When he began the series of essays making the case for the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton framed the question before the American people in this way:
“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind.”
By creating the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers sought to buck the tide of history and establish a government resting not on the whim of a monarch but instead on the consent of the people. While they successfully fought a revolution in defense of the self-evident truths articulated in the Declaration of Independence, the Founders knew that great principles were not enough to ensure a successful experiment in republican government. What was needed was a written constitution that protected the God-given rights of the people and harnessed human nature in service of the public good. The Founders did this by devising a constitutional system that rested on dispersing power among independent and competing branches of government, and which rejected the rule of men in favor of the rule of law.
On this Constitution Day, it is worth reflecting on the principles that make America unique, and the Constitution that has withstood the test of time. If Americans insisted on better constitutional fidelity, our country would be in better shape than it is today.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, has sent letters to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Department of Defense Inspector General Jon Rymer concerning allegations that officials have altered intelligence reports regarding the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq. Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), joined DeSantis in sending these letters. DeSantis issued the following statement:
“I am concerned by allegations that political objectives are being taken into consideration regarding our national security. The data collected by our military personnel and intelligence agents is critical to accurately addressing threats and should not be influenced or altered to fit an advantageous political narrative. The Committee is taking these reports very seriously and we will investigate fully.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement in response to the 13 year prison sentence handed down to Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López:
“The corrupt and dictatorial government of Nicolás Maduro has crippled the Venezuelan economy and brutally cracked down on dissenting voices. Leopoldo López has been convicted after an embarrassing show trial; Maduro is using the machinery of the state to silence voices of freedom. Maduro may try to silence the cries of his people, but the United States must stand with the people of Venezuela who are fighting against a corrupt government.”Read More
DeSantis: Hillary's Emails Are A National Security Disaster
Originally published in Conservative Review on September 3, 2015
This week, the State Department released thousands of pages of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails. Many of them were related to her day-to-day operations, but approximately 125 were redacted because they contained classified information – information that should never have been sent over an unsecured connection.
While serving in places like Iraq and the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during my time as an active-duty officer in the Navy, I handled classified information as a matter of course. It should not surprise anyone that the compromise of confidential information regarding matters of military capabilities, operational tactics or security posture can immediately endanger men and women who are risking their lives on behalf of our country. Apparently, that was a risk Hillary Clinton was willing to take during her time as Secretary of State, as she recklessly allowed sensitive information to be disseminated to and from an unsecured server in her private home. She made a deliberate choice to risk the integrity of her communications – and of our nation's security – simply so she could shield herself from public accountability and congressional oversight.
At least two of the emails that passed through Clinton’s unsecured server were found to contain intelligence classified as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information. This is one of the highest levels of classification; by definition, the unauthorized disclosure of Top Secret information causes exceptionally grave damage to national security.
Members of the military and our intelligence communities have been punished for infractions less severe.
While Clinton maintains that she never sent or received any materials that were marked classified, that defense is immaterial to whether classified information was compromised. For one thing, the information that Clinton was dealing with on a daily basis came from important players in the intelligence and diplomatic communities and she either knew, or should have known, that the subject material was the type of sensitive and/or classified information that you’d never want to send over an unsecured server. In addition, the recently released emails demonstrate that Clinton was herself the originator of classified material, yet she sent this information via her unsecured server, including to Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton crony who was not employed by the government and who lacked a security clearance.
Members of the military and our intelligence communities have been punished for infractions less severe. Secretary Clinton’s cavalier attitude towards the importance of protecting confidential information is an insult to the service members who put their lives on the line to defend our nation. As a military officer, if I had sent sensitive information using a personal email address and expressed disdain at the laws that protect our nation’s intelligence, I would have lost my commission, faced a court martial, and probably done time in a tiny room with bars at Fort Leavenworth.
Congress needs to take the compromise of classified information seriously and investigate the extent of the damage done.
Congress needs to take the compromise of classified information seriously and investigate the extent of the damage done. However, Hillary Clinton has taken great measures to avoid public disclosure of her emails, including deleting 32,000 emails and making attempts to permanently delete data off of the server. She’s even joked about it.
Many Americans have come to expect this type of behavior from Washington. A system in which the political elites are not held accountable for conduct that would land the average citizen in prison is a rotten system – and one that is far different from the type of republican government envisioned by the Founding Fathers.
Nobody is above the law, including Secretary Clinton. She needs to be held accountable for her mishandling of classified information and her attempts to stonewall a Congressional investigation.
This is a serious test of the republican character of our system of government.Read More
St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s repeated attempts to minimize the seriousness of the mishandling of classified information on her private server:
"Using an unsecured, private email server to send and receive information at the Top Secret level is absolutely reckless. Secretary Clinton's excuse about the information not being marked classified is completely bogus; anybody with minimal knowledge of intelligence would know that signals intelligence is highly classified. What is more, Secretary Clinton's mocking of the seriousness of the issue is appalling given that members of the military and intelligence communities have been -- and continue to be -- prosecuted for conduct far less egregious. Secretary Clinton does not believe the same rules should apply to her as they do to everyone else."Read More
St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a Naval Reserve Officer, has issued the following statement in response to media reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has denied 35,093 combat veterans benefits due to an ongoing computer error:
“Over 35,000 combat veterans have been stuck in limbo due to a computer glitch that could have easily been remedied when it was discovered in April, yet there is no accountability within the VA. The VA has failed our veterans once again. The Senate needs to approve the House's recently-passed VA accountability bill so that VA officials who have been derelict in their duties to our veterans can be swiftly removed from their posts. Our veterans deserve better than a chronically inept bureaucracy."Read More
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On January 3, 2013, Ron DeSantis was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives as the federal representative for Florida’s sixth congressional district, which encompasses St. Johns and Flagler counties, as well as large portions of Volusia and Putnam counties.
A native Floridian with blue collar roots, Ron worked his way through Yale University, where he earned a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, and was the captain of the varsity baseball team. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
While at Harvard, Ron earned a commission in the United States Navy as a JAG officer. During his active duty service, he served as a military prosecutor, supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious service) and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
He has also served as a federal prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases involving offenses such as child exploitation, fraud, and interference with military air navigation.
He has written on constitutional first principles in various outlets and in his book, Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama.
Ron lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with his wife, Casey Black DeSantis, an Emmy award-winning television host. He is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve.
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