Turner leads charge on intel sharing in Donbas region and Crimea
After an unclassified memo from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was sent to Congress notifying the change in their directive on intelligence sharing in the Donbas region and Crimea, it was revealed that Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), Ranking Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, led the initial charge in urging the Biden Administration to change its directive to aid Ukraine.
In the last several months, the administration has been slow to act on policies concerning our national security. This includes the withdrawal from Afghanistan, protecting our southern border, sending aid to Ukraine and now, their efforts to share vital intelligence.
When Russian military officials announced a shift in their military focus to the Donbas region, Ranking Member Turner was quick to recognize that the Administration's current restrictions placed on information sharing in the region would hinder Ukraine's ability to protect innocent civilians.
Timeline of events:
March 26, 2022 - Russian military officials announced a shift in military action to the Donbas region.
April 1 - Ranking Member Mike Turner initiated the transmission of a bipartisan classified letter to Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines urging the Administration to remove certain restrictions on intelligence sharing with Ukraine.
April 8 - DNI removed restrictions prohibiting the sharing of intelligence to support Ukrainian operations in their effort to retake territory in the Donbas region and Crimea.
April 14 - DNI Haines informed Congress that the intelligence sharing guidance had been updated.