Just as his unverified wiretapping claims were seemingly dispelled, President Donald Trump stuck his foot further in the mire and is now facing accusations he may have let slip highly classified information during a televised interview Wednesday evening.
When asked by Fox News host Tucker Carlson why he hasn’t gone to the agencies he is “in charge of,” to “gather evidence” to support his claim that President Barack Obama tapped Trump Tower, Trump said: “Because I don’t want to do anything that’s going to violate any strength of an agency. You know we have enough problems. And, by the way, the CIA—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.”
That information, it appears, was not for the public.
On Thursday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, which has asked the administration to provide evidence of the alleged tap, accused Trump of “leaking” classified information.
In a statement, Schiff said:
Indeed, the president has repeatedly assailed the intelligence community and the press for their failure to control so-called “low-life leakers.”
As for the initial claim, Trump told Carlson that his definition of wiretap “covers a lot of different things,” and promised that the Department of Justice “will be submitting things” to the House committee “very soon,” despite missing a Monday deadline for evidence.
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