Did President Donald Trump divulge classified information during a television appearance? Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee, believes so.
During a Fox News interview that aired March 15, President Trump made a revelation about the CIA.
“By the way, with the CIA, I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken -- that was during the Obama years,” Trump said. “That was not during us.”
The following day, Schiff released a statement claiming, “the president appears to have discussed something that, if true and accurate, would otherwise be considered classified information." As the statement continues, if true, Trump may not have necessarily broken any laws. "The president has the power to declassify whatever he wants, but this should be done as the product of thoughtful consideration and with intense input from any agency affected. For anyone else to do what the president may have done, would constitute what he deplores as 'leaks.'"
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President Trump was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on Fox News and commented on his claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump during the campaign.
We "will be submitting things" to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence "very soon," the president told Carlson, reports Fox News. We "will be, perhaps, speaking about this next week. ...You’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks."
Both U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey have opposed Trump's claim, citing no evidence to support it.
In response, Trump told Carlson, "Nobody ever talks about the fact that ['wires tapped'] was in quotes [in the tweet], but that’s a very important thing."
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Carlson the countered that the president "devalues his own currency" if no evidence is found.
"Well, let's see whether or not I prove it," Trump responded. "If I don't do that, I won't get my word out, because when I say things, the press doesn't cover it accurately. If they're not going to do me the honor or the public the honor of spreading my word accurately ... when I can reach that many people, Twitter is a wonderful thing for me, because I get the word out."