White House “counterterrorism chief John Brennan revealed Sunday that he briefed four Republican congressional leaders on Christmas night about the arrest and subsequent handling of the suspect in an attempted sky bombing,” POLITICO reports.
"None of those individuals raised any concerns with me, at that point," Brennan said on NBC’s "Meet the Press." "They didn’t say, ‘Is he going into military custody? Is he going to be Mirandized?’ They were very appreciative of the information. We told them we’d keep them informed. And that’s what we did."
Who got briefed?
Those briefed were Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.); House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio); Sen. Christopher Bond (Mo.), vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee; and Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.), top Republican on the House intelligence committee.
Kit Bond (R-MO) offered this response:
Bond said in a statement: "Brennan never told me any of plans to Mirandize the Christmas Day bomber — if he had, I would told him the Administration was making a mistake. The truth is that the Administration did not even consult our intelligence chiefs, as [Director of National Intelligence Dennis] Blair testified, so it’s absurd to try to blame Congressional leaders for this dangerous decision that gave terrorists a five week head start to cover their tracks."
He also today “refused to apologize per the White House’s request for saying that they leaked sensitive intelligence about the Christmas Day bomber.”
Bond said that the White House owes an apology for putting the investigation of the attempted terror attack in jeopardy.
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