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Did Ted Cruz disclose classified information during the Republican debate?

December 16, 2015

 Earlier today is was reported on The Hill that Republican establishment Senator, and chair of the Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, was going to look into whether Ted Cruz disclosed classified information during last night’s Presidential debate.

  Here is more:

A key Senate Republican is looking into whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) discussed classified information during Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate.

“I’m having my staff look at the transcripts of the debate right now,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, told reporters. “Any time you deal with numbers … the question is, ‘Is that classified or not?’ Or is there an open source reference to it?”

Cruz raised eyebrows during an exchange with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) over the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, when he said that the old program covered “20 or 30 percent of phone numbers” while the new program covers roughly 100 percent.

Becca Glover Watkins, Burr’s communications director, suggested on social media that Cruz might have said something he shouldn’t have, though she didn’t specifically reference his comments. 

Burr added on Wednesday that while he hadn’t heard Cruz’s comments, “the question had been raised, therefore I asked them to look at it.”

  It is now being reported here that Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein have Tweeted that the Intelligence Committee is not investigating Ted Cruz’s comments, and in addition the same article is also reporting that The Washington Post reported the same numbers Ted Cruz mentioned last night way back in 2014.

In 2006, a senior U.S. official said, the NSA was collecting “closer to 100” percent of Americans’ phone records from a number of U.S. companies under a then-classified program, but as of last summer that share had plummeted to less than 30 percent.

The government is taking steps to restore the collection — which does not include the content of conversations — closer to previous levels.

  It is no secret that the Republican establishment does not like Ted Cruz and it would appear at this point as if in their zeal to take down Ted Cruz, and to smear him, that they might have jumped the gun on this. If you remember, at one point in the debate with Ted Cruz Marco Rubio stated he had to be careful with his comment because he did not want to leak classified information, I do not remember if this was before or after Ted Cruz mentioned the numbers in question, but it almost appears as if this was a set up between Marco Rubio, Richard Burr and the Republican establishment, and possibly even CNN.

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  1. December 16, 2015 8:34 pm

    I’m no fan of Senator Cruz, but if he said something he shouldn’t have, the entire investigatory process should have been done under wraps, rather than call attention to it. Our enemies are watching.

    Back in the day, Al Quaeda used to communicate by cell phone, and our intelligence services listed in. Then a television report mentioned in passing that our intelligence services were able to listen in on their calls. The VERY NEXT DAY those calls stopped and they began using burner phones.

    I think you’re likely right, that this little episode was done not in the name of national security, but of embarrassing the mavericky junior Senator from Texas (he’s still the Jr., right?) and perhaps knocking down his poll numbers a bit.

    This is a major first-world country we’re in, and we’re selecting the leadership for that nation’s next four (or eight) years. Let’s see if we can keep the process on a professional level, huh?

    Take good care and may God bless us all!

    TGY

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    • December 16, 2015 8:44 pm

      When I first read this story I thought there might be something to it, especially after Rubio mentioned not disclosing classified information during the debate but now it appears to be nothing but an attack to bring down a man whose numbers have been rising.
      So far the Republican primary has been anything but professional, it has been frustrating to watch these candidates and the debates because they (both the candidates and the moderators) seem more interested in attacking each other than in holding a real debate. The name calling (especially from Trump) has been off putting. Even in the first debate with Fox the focus was not on the issue but rather in bringing Trump down.
      Merry Christmas TGY.

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      • December 18, 2015 2:32 pm

        Rubio seems to be the Rino’s choice since Jeb is frail-ing. I still think Rubio drinking water – at a particular part of his speech some time ago – was some sort of signal to the ‘uppity up boys (elites/illuminati/bilderbergs) his willingness to be their next prez puppet.

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      • December 18, 2015 8:04 pm

        I don’t know if the water drinking was some sort of signal or not but I do believe he is the choice if Bush continues to falter.

        Like

  2. petermc3 permalink
    December 16, 2015 9:04 pm

    Joe Biden gave out personal information on our seal teams putting them and their families in danger…oh snap I’m forgetting that Ol’ Joe is a left wing bozo with a dispensation that excuses any and all democrats from criticism or suspicion. remember The Swimmer and Chris Dodd making a waitress sandwich?

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    • December 16, 2015 9:27 pm

      Did you forget about the double standard…

      Liked by 1 person

      • petermc3 permalink
        December 16, 2015 9:37 pm

        Yep!!!!😎

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  3. December 16, 2015 9:46 pm

    As I understand it Cruz is not on the intelligence committee.

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 16, 2015 9:49 pm

      Cruz is not but Rubio is, so it makes you wonder if he got those numbers from the WaPo article which would mean the numbers were already public and this was probably known to those who attacked him.

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 16, 2015 9:58 pm

        Just a heads up from the Daily signal
        The spending package, known as an omnibus because it combines 12 appropriations bills, is expected to pass with mostly Democratic votes, while the tax-extender package is designed to get more Republican support

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      • December 16, 2015 9:59 pm

        Thats the way I read it.

        Liked by 1 person

      • December 16, 2015 10:06 pm

        I read something along the same lines as well. It appears as if Ryan is nothing more than John Boehner II. And he was once considered the man who would stop the outrageous spending!

        Liked by 1 person

  4. MaddMedic permalink
    December 17, 2015 12:25 am

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word… and commented:
    And this is worse then what Hillary has done?
    Oh wait…She is a Dhimmicrat!! So she is ‘special’…

    Liked by 3 people

    • December 17, 2015 6:45 am

      Thanks for the reblog.

      Like

  5. December 17, 2015 6:39 am

    Regardless of whether or not the information is true, creating the headline challenges Ted Cruz’s credibility. Now Ted Cruz searches will appear on appear to be a little more controversial.

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 17, 2015 6:46 am

      Very true, people will remember the headline and not that the story was debunked and that is all the establishment cares about.

      Liked by 2 people

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