Cooper Statement During House Intelligence Committee Hearing on Worldwide Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) attended the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Worldwide Threats. While speaking to the Directors of National Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency, Cooper said:

“The real news of this hearing is the fact that we’re having it. I feel, as a Member of Congress, that we have a constitutional duty to conduct oversight, and to the extent possible, in public. Thank God you and your agencies are protecting America. Thank God for the women and men who serve and sacrifice under your leadership to protect our country. I think we all realize you’ll never be perfect. No human being is. No agency is. And certainly Congress should be the last to point fingers because the Lord knows how far we are from perfect,” Rep. Jim Cooper said. “But somehow, together – and this is the miracle of America – when we do our jobs and conduct oversight, like with this hearing, and you do your jobs to the best that’s humanly capable, we’re even better together. We improve together. So I’m thankful for that, and I look forward to seeing you in the closed session.”

The hearing took place to hear testimonies about the current security threats facing the United States. Watch video of Cooper’s full statement here.

Click here to watch the entire hearing.

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