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Sen. Cornyn calls 2023 NDAA declassification measure "pretty monumental"
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Sen. Cornyn calls 2023 NDAA declassification measure "pretty monumental"

Ep. 194 — Sen. John Cornyn's running to replace Mitch McConnell as Senate GOP Leader (2-7-2024)
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Sen. Cornyn talks to media outside of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2024. Photo: Matt Laslo

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) — candidate to replace Mitch McConnell as Senate GOP Leader

Ask a Pol asks:

“Any update on last year’s conversations on declassification?”

Key Cornyn: 

“That’s pretty monumental. We haven’t had classification reform in, I don’t know, quarter century or more,” Cornyn told Ask a Pol. “It’s gonna take a little while to be implemented. But we’ve done something pretty important, and I’m proud of that work. But there’s still more we can do.”

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), slightly edited for clarity.

TRANSCRIPT: Sen. John Cornyn

SCENE: Cornyn was walking through the basement of the Capitol when Matt Laslo sees him.

Matt Laslo: “How you doin?”

John Cornyn: “Good morning.”

ML: “I wanted to ask you — ummm; what is that? — any update on last year’s conversations on declassification?”

JC: “Yeah, we passed a classification reform bill as a part of the NDAA.”

ML: “But that’s — that’s it?”

JC: “What do you mean ‘that was it’?”

ML: “You think that goes far enough?”

JC: “That’s pretty monumental. We haven’t had classification reform in, I don’t know, quarter century or more.”

ML: “But have you seen that, like, have you caught up with the agencies? Like, how is that playing out?”

JC: “It’s gonna take a little while to be implemented. But we’ve done something pretty important, and I’m proud of that work. But there’s still more we can do.”

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