Sen. Risch on ‘Hannity’ tonight, likely on allegation of CIA nominee’s leak

Sen. Jim Risch’s office put out a media advisory saying he will appear on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” with Sean Hannity, which begins airing at 7 p.m. MST. The advisory said Risch, R-Idaho, is expected to appear 20 minutes into the hour.

The advisory doesn’t mention the topic, but I’ll make a guess. Risch today accused John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, of leaking classified information about a foiled terrorist bomb attack to the media.

“I think the leak is right in front of me,” said Risch, according to a Washington Post account of what the paper called a “sharp exchange.”

“I disagree with that vehemently, ” Brennan replied, telling the committee that he was a “witness, not a target” in a Justice Department investigation into the leak.

Risch questioned Brennan during an Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing.

 

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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