The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee suggested Thursday President Trump disclosed classified information during a Fox News interview the night before.
“In his effort to once again blame Obama, the President appeared to have discussed something that, if true and accurate, would otherwise be considered classified information,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a news release.
Trump spoke to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Wednesday night, when he said the CIA was hacked during the Obama administration.
“I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken — that was during the Obama years. That was not during us,” Trump said. “That was during the Obama situation. Mike Pompeo is there now doing a fantastic job.”
Schiff on Thursday dismissed the possibility that Trump made “a purposeful decision” to disclose the CIA hack following a discussion with the intelligence community, suggesting instead that the president handled the information recklessly.
“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 form any agency affected. For anyone else to do what the President may have done, would constitute what he deplores as ‘leaks,’” Schiff said.
Schiff, a frequent Trump critic, also took to Twitter to slam the president, who has complained of leaks from the White House.
.@POTUS appears to have discussed something that, if true & accurate, would be classified. Had it been anyone else he would call it a “leak” pic.twitter.com/XedWH4CTNF
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 16, 2017