Adam Schiff says he hasn’t leaked classified info, but ‘can’t speak’ for other House Intel Democrats



House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff denied that he has ever leaked classified intelligence, but declined to say for other Democrats on the panel.

The California Democrat responded to President Trump suggesting he makes disclosures for political gain after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence informed Congress that the U.S. intelligence community will not give in-person election security briefings to lawmakers.

“I haven’t. My staff hasn’t. I can’t speak for what all the members of the committee have done or not done, including a lot of the Republican members,” Schiff told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union on Sunday after she asked if he or other Democrats on the panel have leaked classified information.

Before asking her question, Bash showed him a video of Trump in Orange, Texas, where the president was surveying Hurricane Laura damage, saying Ratcliffe previously brought information to the House Intelligence Committee that leaked to the media.

“Whether it was ‘Shifty Schiff’ or somebody else, they leaked the information before it gets in, and what’s even worse, they leaked the wrong information,” Trump said, using his nickname for Schiff.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe wrote in a letter to Congress on Friday that said he will inform Congress of election security threats in writing instead of using in-person briefings.

“I believe this approach helps ensure. to the maximum extent possible, that the information ODNI provides the Congress … is not misunderstood or politicized,” he said.

Schiff told Bash that leaks are “always improper and sometimes they’re illegal.”

He also insisted that the Trump administration is perpetuating a “falsehood,” noting that even information on paper can be leaked.





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