Rep. Ratcliffe: House Intel Committee Hasn’t Had Briefings On Syria Since Before Impeachment Inquiry

MARIA BARTIROMO: Were they planning further attacks, Congressman? What do we know in terms of what the plans were and was there a treasure trove of documents that our special operations team was able to get as a result of taking him out — given the fact that they were on the ground and had access to where he was? 

REP. JOHN RATCLIFFE: Well, the President said they did. We expected that that would be the case. Unfortunately, the Intelligence Committee, that I serve on, hasn’t been spending a whole lot of time on these issues. We’ve been caught up in Adam Schiff’s secret impeachment inquiry, so we haven’t had a briefing on these issues, but I am certain that much like what happened with al Qaeda, that the documents that we recovered, the treasure trove of information that has already been related by the President, is going to have a profound impact on operations in the Middle East of all terrorists. And the President has been dedicated to this, as General Jack Keane just said, doggedly determined to make sure that ISIS was gone during his administration, and he’s going to continue wherever these folks go, however they may reconstitute, radical Islamic terrorists have been a priority of President Trump and this administration and yesterday, just proved that he kept another promise with respect to this. 

MARIA BARTIROMO: Congressman, you said you have not had a briefing on these issues in the Intel Committee. When was the last time the Intel Committee had a briefing with regard to the threat of terrorism? 

REP. JOHN RATCLIFFE: It’s been well over a month. I don’t know the exact time. All I can remember is one ambassador after another that I’ve never heard of before. That’s where we’ve been spending our time, unfortunately, and hopefully we can get past that and get on to obviously things like this, the world is moving around regardless of this baseless impeachment inquiry that I’ve been spending far too much time on. These are the things that we should be focusing on. I’m grateful that President Trump hasn’t been distracted by all of this and that our forces, who deserve so much credit, have continued to keep their eye on the target to keep the American people safe, and we’re going to continue to do that despite the distractions that the Democrats, the shenanigans they are engaged into try and win an election instead of keeping America safe. 

MARIA BARTIROMO: So just to be clear with the Democrats in the majority, Adam Schiff is the chairman of your committee, the Intel Committee, and it’s Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, who will decide who you interview, what hearings you do, and plan on what kind of briefings you get is that right? 

REP. JOHN RATCLIFFE: That’s right, and I can’t remember the last briefing we had on Syria, but I’m going to get one tomorrow at the Intel Committee and so they are at least paying lip service to it at this point in time.