Adam Schiff is demanding that Trump be deprived of the ability to receive intelligence briefings when he leaves office
Adam Schiff says Trump should be banned from post-presidency intelligence briefings because ‘he can’t be trusted’ with the country’s secrets
- Adam Schiff said on Sunday Donald Trump should be gutted from receiving post-presidential intelligence briefings because he threatens national security
- “There is no circumstance in which this president should receive another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future,” said the chairman of the intelligence committee.
- “I don’t think he can be trusted with it now or in the future,” Schiff continued
- Former FBI Director James Comey described that former presidents occasionally receive briefings about the state of the world and whether there are any immediate threats
Adam Schiff said on Sunday that Donald Trump should no longer receive an intelligence briefing, whether before or after the end of his tenure, because he cites national security concerns.
“There is no circumstance in which this president should receive another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future,” the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told CBS ‘Face the Nation’ on Sunday morning.
“I don’t think he can be trusted with it now or in the future, he certainly cannot be trusted,” Schiff continued. Indeed, I think there were a large number of intelligence partners of ours around the world who probably started withholding information from us because they did not trust that the president would protect that information and protect their sources and methods. And that makes us less safe. ‘
While there are only three days left of Trump’s presidency, former FBI director James Comey said former presidents sometimes receive intelligence briefings on the state of the world and possible threats.
“I understand,” Comey said in an interview with ABC’s “The View” on Friday, “that former presidents don’t always receive regular general intelligence briefings about the state of the world and threats to the country. . ‘
Intelligence Commission Chairman Adam Schiff said on Sunday Donald Trump should be relieved of receiving post-presidency intelligence briefings on the grounds that he poses a threat to national security
The House voted on Wednesday to accuse Trump of “inciting an uprising” by stirring up a crowd before storming the Capitol. They now claim that he should be convicted and no longer receive any post-presidency benefits such as retirement, intelligence from the Secret Service or briefings
Comey revealed that the intelligence community wants to give former presidents “a picture of what’s going on in the world.”
“They are also given specific information if there is a threat to them,” he added.
In addition to the risk of disclosing future information, there are concerns from Democrats and the intelligence community that Trump could disclose sensitive information he learned as president to people who are not authorized to receive it.
Some have even increased the potential for him to sell information to foreign opponents.
“We’ve seen this president politicize intelligence, and that’s another risk to the country,” Schiff told CBS Margaret Brennen.
Schiff wants the Joe Biden administration to “ absolutely ” exclude Trump from receiving post-presidency briefings because he claims he poses a security threat.
Post-presidential briefings, Comey said, are usually overseen by the director of the national intelligence agency.
He said that whoever performs that task should “ look very closely at whether Donald Trump should get information, including information that may be sensitive to the security of the United States. ”
“The man is a lying demagogue you can’t trust,” Comey said. “You want to be very, very careful about what you give him.”
Former FBI Director James Comey described on Friday that last presidency is receiving some briefings on the state of the world and, especially, if there are any immediate threats to them.
“I hope he will be stripped of the benefits of a former president by being condemned by the United States Senate and barred from further participation in public office,” he said. “Maybe that’s a reason for them to shut it down completely.”
The House charged Trump on Wednesday for “ inciting insurrection ” after he rocked a crowd before they marched to the Capitol and breached the building. Trump is now the only president to have been impeached twice.
It’s not clear whether the Senate will vote to condemn, but all Democrats and 17 Republicans should vote in favor of the measure. If this happened, Trump would be stripped of his post-presidency perks, such as his retirement and Secret Service details, and he would be unable to go to office in the future.
Schiff served as chief executive for the first impeachment trial where the Senate did not vote to convict Trump based on either of the two articles sent to the upper chamber from the House.