A variety of reports have now blown apart the claim of the New York Times that the Russians were interfering to help get President Donald Trump elected in 2020.
First, CNN’s Jake Tapper cast doubt on it with a source he had. Then CBS’ Catherine Herridge also had a source that said there was no intelligence offered to back up that report.
Next, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien also said he had not seen any evidence to back it up.
Today, CNN ran another report noting that two more national security or intelligence officials were also disputing the report.
The president had also disputed the report.
But the president on Sunday raised a bigger and continuing problem. This was once again appeared to be a leak out of the House Intelligence Committee to media with the idea of making Trump look bad, claiming that he didn’t want the report to be given to the House because he was concerned Democrats would weaponize it against him.
Well, gee, who would have thought? That’s exactly what happened. No sooner did someone leak then House Intel Chair Adam Schiff was all over it, attacking Trump over it.
This here is peak Schiff.
Wow, look at this story randomly coming across the transom. It's very troubling, if true. pic.twitter.com/A04HriRLWV
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) February 21, 2020
Trump placed the blame for this leak squarely on Schiff.
Just another Shifty Schiff leak. Isn’t there a law about this stuff? https://t.co/JWE0oPhiw9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 23, 2020
Trump also told reporters he thought Schiff was behind the leak on Sanders being helped by Russia, according to the Washington Examiner:
“I read where Russia’s helping Bernie Sanders. Nobody said it to me at all. Nobody briefed me about that at all,” he said, later adding, “Adam Schiff and his group, they leaked it to the papers. As usual, they ought to investigate Adam Schiff for leaking that information. He should not be leaking information out of intelligence. They ought to investigate Adam Schiff.”
The problem here is that there have been multiple leaks out the Committee alleged in the past. While the president did not provide evidence in this instance, former House Intel Chair Trey Gowdy has confirmed there have been leaks in the past and he’s also on multiple occasions pointed the finger of suspicion at Schiff for leaking.
From Fox News:
Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy told “America’s Newsroom” on Friday that people have stopped sharing information with the House Intelligence Committee because its chairman, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is the most “deeply partisan” member.
“When you put someone who is wrong as often as Adam Schiff is wrong and is as deeply partisan as he is, in charge of the intelligence committee, then no, you’re not going to share confidential information because Adam leaks like a sieve,” Gowdy said.
At this point, whoever it is, it’s obviously a Democrat. So if it isn’t Schiff, he needs to come out with who it is and take the leaking in hand or be held responsible for it.
But it’s serious if intelligence is being used in this matter against domestic political opponents. It makes the White House then justifiably leery of what Democrats will do if they will use anything or do anything for political position. That’s incredibly problematic and shouldn’t be happening, it places national security in danger because of Democrats’ desperate partisanship.
It’s very clear regardless of this particular case, that Schiff has wrongly weaponized the House Intel Committee and that needs to be stopped.