Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano warned the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee could potentially risk national security if he politicized classified documents related to the special counsel probe.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the House Oversight Committee chairman, were invited by the Justice Department for a classified briefing related to FISA warrants granted in the FBI investigation of Trump campaign associates.
Nunes has demanded classified documents related to the warrants and threatened to hold top Justice Department officials in contempt if they don’t comply, but Napolitano said he doesn’t trust the GOP lawmakers’ motives.
“They have top secret security clearances so they can see these things,” Napolitano said. “The question is, will they use them for law enforcement and intelligence purposes or will they use them for political purposes?”
FBI and national intelligence officials warned the White House last week that information requested by Nunes could put a confidential U.S. intelligence source at risk, but House Republicans say they’re “entitled” to the documents.
Napolitano said politicized intelligence could potentially jeopardize U.S. operatives and allies.
“It is dangerous — I’ve been saying this for a long time — for politicians, even with security clearances, to examine raw intelligence data and use it for political narrative,” Napolitano said. “That keeps intel people from wanting to reveal what they have found because they don’t want their names and their methods to be out there.”
Napolitano said congressional investigators understood the risks better than elected officials.
“Congress’ investigators are usually retired or former CIA, FBI, Secret Service, so they know exactly what they’re doing,” he said. “But they have a law that requires them to protect the names of sources and protect the means that the sources use. Otherwise, the source of the source contact in a foreign country — gone.”
WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.
Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.
"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.