House Intel Committee calls in ex-Obama official

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Late Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee met with former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes. Rhodes has become a person of interest for Republicans as someone who may be playing a role in the leaking of classified information from the Trump administration to reporters.

Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, named Rhodes as an official responsible for creating an in-house “echo chamber” meant to mislead reporters and the public about the landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Rhodes is being considered a primary source of these leaks, prompting the House Intelligence Committee to call on Rhodes and other former Obama officials to testify publicly about any role they may be playing in spreading classified information to reporters.

DeSantis said in a statement:

“Any Obama holdover at any of these agencies, you’ve got to get them out of there because clearly they’re not on the same team and particularly on the [White House] National Security Council. I think Congress and some members of the Intelligence Committee can call Ben Rhodes to testify . . . He may be able to invoke executive privilege from when Obama was president but he definitely can’t do that in any interactions he’s had since then.”

Jared Kushner, top adviser and son-in-law to President Trump, also spoke with members of the panel Tuesday, in regards to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

Kushner hinged on the following statement to the panel and the public:

“I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector.”


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