President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on Monday in which he accused Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, of criminally leaking sensitive information.
“Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!” Trump tweeted.
Schiff was fast to respond to the accusation for which Trump offered no proof.
Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of “Executive Time.” Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else. https://t.co/lVqQRu2Gjl
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 5, 2018
“Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of ‘Executive Time.’ Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else,” the California Democrat tweeted.
The 45th POTUS has made it a habit of failing to provide proof when accusing Democrats of wrongdoing. The White House, when asked for verification, failed to respond on Monday morning.
Why Is President Trump Freaking Out This Time?
The White House is worried that Democrats will offer a motion at a Monday business meeting to release an unaltered copy of their memo. Trump, after receiving the memo, would have five days to object to its release.
The four-page GOP memo that was released last week alleged that the FBI improperly used information paid for in part by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant for then-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
Trump said the memo “totally vindicates” him, a patently false statement. The document was also altered by Chairman Devin Nunes of California before it was sent to Trump for public release. The GOP used archaic rules to release the classified document in an attempt to place favor on the Trump administration in the public arena.
Republicans have already said they would vote to release the Democratic memo, drafted by Schiff, a good sign that the committee will approve its release.
Donald Trump, in the meantime, is attempting to double down on the altered Nunes memo.
“Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.
President Trump isn’t the only member of the current administration looking into leaks. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department was conducting more than two dozen investigations into classified leaks of information.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.