#NCSEN: Burr probing Ted Cruz

burrOur senior senator is apparently in hot pursuit of Texas’s junior senator: 

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.

gloveBurr 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.”

He suggested that his staff would need to search through media reports to see if the numbers had been reported independently before. 
The North Carolina senator didn’t specify what — if any — consequences Cruz could face if his staff determines that the Texas Republican did discuss classified information. 
“I would be a lot more worried if he was in fact a member of the committee, but to my understanding this subject matter was not one where any members outside of the committee had been briefed on it,” he said. cruz
Let’s see:  The old program covered 20 to 30 percent of phone numbers, while the new one covers 100 percent.  WHAT, pray tell, is so damaging to national security about that?
I have friends who have worked in and around the “classified” world of the federal government.  Several of them have told me that much of what you see in “classified” documents is regularly bantered about on CNN and Fox News.  I am told I would be floored at how few stunning revelations I’d find if I had the clearance to review any of that stuff.
Sounds like somebody’s criticism of somebody’s favorite eavesdropping program got on somebody’s last nerve.   Show of hands — who voted for Tricky Dick so he could do THIS?

21 thoughts on “#NCSEN: Burr probing Ted Cruz

    1. Cruz primary voters should remember on March 15th that Richard Burr regularly worked to undermine any conservative agenda item that Cruz tried to advance in the Senate.

  1. So senator burr, what percent do the public already think are covered?
    Try 100. So what is new here… Did not see you jumping up and down when we got bin laden and those idiots were disclosing the cell phones and computers we got.

  2. Well, I wish he and his friends were as concerned with Hillary exposing Top Secret information on a private server with little security….I am sure the Chinese had a field day with the information she passed on. Aren’t the Chinese huge Clinton backers?

    1. Oh, that Gang of 8 ”open borders” hack who lied to Florida voters in his Senate campaign about his real position on amnesty? Rubio ”Gruberred” Florida voters in such a big way, he ought to be Grubio. It is apparent that Rubio is who Burr is supporting and this attack on Cruz is part of it.

      Burr has a history of involvement in dirty attacks on conservatives, like the thousands of dollars from his own Senate campaign account that he sent to a particularly nasty and dishonest independent campaign against the frontrunner, conservative State Senator Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi US Senate primary runoff last year. The Senate Conservatives Fund branded Burr one of the ”Shameful Seven” over that underhanded project. A major British newspaper, the Daily Mail of London, has an eye opening article on the nasty underhanded dirty tricks that Burr helped fund against conservatives in Mississippi:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2672565/The-worst-race-baiting-ads-Ive-seen-Radio-ads-Mississippi-senate-race-accused-tea-party-candidate-Ku-Klux-Klan-links-drove-black-Democrats-vote-against-REPUBLICAN-primary.html

      Given his vicious anti-conservative shananigans in Mississippi, it is somehow not surprising that Burr would engage in dirty tricks against Ted Cruz.

      We also need to remember that Richard Burr’s voting record on key issues is closer to that of Harry Reid than it is to that of Ted Cruz.

      Richard Burr is wearing out his welcome with conservative voters to the point that a growing number would not only vote for someone else in the primary, but also in the general election if he gets that far. A smart politician would be trying to repair his rift with conservatives, not blow it open even wider with this asinine move against Cruz, but then again his consultant is Paul Shumaker. ‘Nuf said!

  3. Glad it was brought up. Considering our Prez threw troop numbers and withdrawal dates around. Burr could have made hay (pun) but chose not too. Also mentioned above is about Monica Lewinski’s ex boyfriend’s wife. Should the voters not choose Mr Holmauist or Mr Wright in March the Conservatives should consider casting their vote for someone else in Nov. I know I will

  4. This move by Burr is so transparent! Senator Cruz had a great night, Establishment in a frenzy!! He’d probably prefer Hillary than a true Conservative such as Cruz. We need to send Burr packing, under no circumstances will he get my vote.

    1. maybe it is about blame if Hillary gets in they can blame and make excuses to why they cannot make anything better but if say in this example if Cruz wins then they cannot hide anymore and will be forced to defend these conservative values that they were elected to uphold or risk being totally called out as the liberal they seem to be at times

      1. I can see it now. Burr, Tillis and crew can breathlessly come on the radio programs claiming to be “…fighting the good fight…” when they are really flushed in excitement NOT for OPPOSING, reaching out, making nice, or embracing the other side but by actually being engaged in full XXX copulation with Hillary, Schumer, Reid, Pelosi and company in that gigantic orgy of corruption going on in Washington, D.C.

  5. The national conservative blog RedState had torn into Burr’s ”douchebaggery” in this unjustified public attack on Ted Cruz.

    http://www.redstate.com/2015/12/16/republican-senator-richard-burr-demands-investigation-republican-senator-ted-cruz/

    If Burr really believed there was a problem, he would have investigated privately before going public. The only reason he made these public comments now is that he knows there is not likely any problem and just wants to take a public swipe at Cruz. This is extremely childish of Burr

    This is just another example of how the GOP establishment hates conservatives in their own party more than they hate Democrats. What has Burr ever done to investigate Hillary or Obama on very substantive instances on the same issue?

    Cruz voters, and other conservatives, will have their opportunity to take a swipe at Burr on March 15, and if it does not work then, again in November.

  6. I will vote for one of his primary opponents. And if one of them cant beat Little DickBurr, then I’ll vote for ANY opponent. ANY party. ANY OTHER OPPONENT.

  7. Dick can’t go after Obama, or “any” democrat, but he can go after a Republican presidential candidate? I’ll vote for a door knob before I’d vote for this south end of a north going yak. I’m gettin really sick of these Buffoons.

  8. Did the Senator really say he didn’t see the debate? Does he have TiVo? Astonishing to me as those on the stage are competing to lead both the party and the country.

  9. Each and every time the GOP establishment sells us out. They are democrats in suits who have fully funded the Obama agenda. They eviserate conservatives while giving a pass to a true criminal–H Clinton. They loathe us, they will stop at nothing to retain their power and Burr is right in the middle of it all. And yet we vote them in time and time again (how long has Burr been in office??). Maybe–as we reach the tipping point–we have finally had enough. We do have options — Larry Holmquist. We must support him in every way we can. We will not survive another term with the likes of this POS incumbent

    1. Thanks, Kim. I’ll do everything I possibly can to tell NC Republicans/Conservatives we do NOT have to put up with Richard Burr for six more years!

      Larry Holmquist

  10. Once again, time for an independent/unaffiliated grassroots movement to elect and support real conservatives as independents. The NC unaffiliated have grown in number. It must continue and flex it’s political muscles. An electoral system based on political parties will always tend towards corruption …the longer in power, the more corrupt. Burr, Sillis, McCrory, Hartsell, Moore, Dollar, Ellmers and a hundred more just in NC ma ke the case for serious change.

  11. It’s impossible for me to understand how so many elected Republicans are turning on us conservatives. The only explanation that makes sense is that the Democrats (who absolutely know how to manipulate elections) infiltrated the party many years ago, calling themselves Republicans, and are now doing the Trojan Horse routine.

  12. I am replying to all comments. I got rid of cable in August thanks to lightening hitting my cable box and wiping out phone and internet and TV. It was a great wake-up call to all the lies the media spits out daily. Concerning Cruz and Rubio neither one is constitutionally eligible for the office of President of the United States. just because the Dems supported and placed an unqualified individual in the WH doesn’t mean the American people should be subjected to another disastrous scenario.Both of Ted Cruz’s parents had Canadian citizenship before he was born and no one can find his mother’s birth certificate in Connecticut. He is just another Obama lite. Go do your research. Rubio was born before his parents became US citizens. Cruz and Rubio are both shills for the criminal Bushes.

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