Not Everyone Has Classification Authority

As PJ Media helpfully points out -- Schiff is claiming to have classified some House Intelligence memoranda. Under what authority would he be doing that? There's a complete list of people with original classification authority here. They're all Executive Branch. Who delegated authority to a Congressman?

Did anyone?


MikeD said...

He coded them SECRET SQUIRREL. Using his decoder ring from a box of Rice Krispies.

Grim said...

That's one alternative. Another: someone did delegate to him, perhaps precisely to allow him to keep his fellow Congressmen from using the information in the public debate. Someone, perhaps, at CIA? FBI? Someone impacted by the IG investigation, or perhaps a friend of the so-called whistleblower?

Either way, the answer will be illuminating.

E Hines said...

Typically, although I don't see it in the EO--it may be a blanket delegation--the originator of the document also gets to classify it up to the level of his own classified access.

I would be surprised, though, if the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee (along with a significant subset of Committee members) didn't have that sort of classification authority.

Eric Hines

E Hines said...

And, not just anyone can delegate classification authority; it would have to be a MFWIC or near-MFWIC--a John Brennan before he...left...or a Dan Coates or a James Clapper or someone in DoJ or FBI--Comey, Yates, Holder, Lynch, McCabe, etc. Impactees, all.

Eric Hines