Appearing on “Outnumbered” Monday, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz argued that Adam Schiff (D-CA) should lose his security clearance for leaking.
Sunday, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe explained the change in protocol with scaled back in-person briefings citing leaking.
Ratcliffe said “within minutes of one of those briefings ending, a number of members of Congress went to a number of different outlets and leaked classified information for political purposes to create a narrative that simply isn’t true, that somehow Russia is a greater national security threat than China.”
Adam Schiff responded to the change by expressing outrage and accusing the Trump administration of “concealing the truth and concealing Russians are again intervening to help the president in his reelection.”
Commenting on the scenario, Chaffetz said “I think John Ratcliffe is actually right, he’s lived it firsthand. He was on the intelligence committee, he’s now the director of national intelligence.”
“What Adam Schiff just said in that clip saying they were going to withhold documents, that’s not what John Ratcliffe said. He said he would provide them in writing, that’s what they’ve done,” Chaffetz continued. “I got to tell you, the only part I would disagree with my friends John Ratcliffe and the DNI, in general, is if they have direct information about the leaking of classified information, then prosecute them.”
“File a complaint at the Department of Justice and prosecute Adam Schiff. I have seen it, I have heard it, I have listened to everybody complain about how he leaks classified information. Then prosecute him.” He added.
“I don’t understand why he has a security clearance,” Chaffetz said. “Nobody is able to describe that to me, because he has done this repeatedly, misrepresented information. It is documented, and he should lose his security clearance. But if he’s done something illegal, like leaked classified information, prosecute him.”