Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said that Democrats sent FBI Director Christopher Wray an unofficial and unverified classified addendum/annex, saying it pulled "selectively" from reports and failed to adequately represent the intelligence community's viewpoint.
The annex referenced by Ratcliffe was an addendum attached to a July 13 letter sent to Wray by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) concerning Russian interference in the 2020 elections.
In response to an inquiry about the addendum from Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ratcliffe wrote on Aug. 27 that the intelligence community (IC) did not “create” or “authorize” the annex contained in the Democrats' letter.
"Unfortunately, this addendum only draws selectively from a small number of IC reports and focuses on only one threat actor in the elections security space. In summary, the classified addendum apparently prepared by the aforementioned individuals, by no means reflects the full and complete analysis of the IC," Ratcliffe wrote.
"I share your concerns about intelligence information being described in the press," Ratcliffe wrote in his letter to the GOP senators. "As you know, any mention of classified materials in the public domain jeopardizes our sources and methods and undermines the critical work of the Intelligence Community (IC) to protect our nation."
Andrew Desiderio, a Politico reporter covering congressional investigations and oversight defended one such report by Politico that originally reported about the annex attached to the Democrats’ July 13 letter.
Desiderio fired back again at Grassley and Johnsons’ reference to his report.
“We flatly reject and deny any claims that we have received, much less are relying on, any materials received from Andriy Derkach—and there is no such evidence to support these false Democrat claims. It’s clear from the ODNI’s (Ratcliffe’s) letter that this addendum was created to advance partisan politics, not election security,” concluded Grassley and Johnson press statement.