GOP Blasts One Of Its Own?!

( – Republican lawmakers are raising eyebrows over House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner’s recent public warning about a Russian threat.

They’re questioning whether this move is more about politics than national security. Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) has called for an investigation into Turner accusing him of leveraging the threat to secure more funding for Ukraine and to push through a surveillance bill without reforms.

Ogles’s letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson criticizes Turner for his “reckless disregard of the implications and consequences” and questions the real intent behind the alert, suggesting it was aimed at “additional funding for Ukraine and passage of an unreformed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).” He even hints at the possibility of Turner being removed as chairman urging Johnson to reassure Congress and the American people of the committee’s integrity.

The controversy stems from Turner’s announcement of a “serious national security threat” and his call for President Biden to declassify information related to it. This was quickly followed by a media frenzy and a briefing made available to all House members.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan who had briefed Turner and the Gang of Eight about the threat expressed surprise at Turner’s public disclosure. Sullivan’s outreach was aimed at setting up a private briefing making Turner’s public alert an unexpected move.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) labeled Turner’s actions as “incredibly irresponsible” suggesting the intelligence wasn’t significantly different from other briefings. Gaetz sees this as a tactic to justify increased spending and surveillance potentially at the expense of American freedoms and financial stability.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Donald Trump Jr. have also voiced skepticism with Greene highlighting other national security concerns like border security and federal government overreach and Trump Jr. dismissing the timing of the leak as “textbook deep state propaganda.”

Turner in response defended his decision stating that the notification to Congress was in consultation with the Biden Administration and that the matter was indeed serious according to White House officials. His statement points to a coordinated effort to inform lawmakers countering claims of reckless behavior.