Leading Democrats are desperately spinning the recently declassified FISA memo to justify their outright opposition to its release, with Rep. Adam Schiff claiming the documents disclosure will make Americans apprehensive about reporting potential terrorists living next door.
The ranking Democrat slammed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ decision to release the material Monday, saying it would make US citizens who notice potentially dangerous activity reluctant to report their suspicions to the FBI.
“It’s impeaching the FBI, and the problem with this, and this is, I think, at the heart of the department’s concern, is if you have a neighbor who’s buying fertilizer, lots of fertilizer, but has no yard, and you have concerns about it, and you want to call the FBI, you’re now going to wonder, is that FBI going to hold my name in confidence or this information in confidence?” said Schiff.
“What if this becomes politicized?” Schiff added. “Sources are going to dry up because of what the Republicans on this committee are doing now. There is a compact between our committee and the intelligence community,” he added.
Watch Schiff’s comments above.
SHIFTY SCHIFF: Desperate DEMS Says GOP FAKED FISA Memo
Liberal Rep. Adam Schiff said Wednesday that he believes the GOP intentionally tampered with the bombshell FISA memo expected to be released this week, adding that his Republican colleagues had made “material changes” to the document before it was sent to President Trump for review.
Rep. Schiff made his stunning accusations in a letter to House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes just days after the committee voted to release the four-page memo; urging the GOP leader to delay its publication should the President approve its disclosure.
“After reviewing both versions, it is clear that the Majority made material changes to the version it sent to the White House, which Committee members were never apprised of, never had the opportunity to review, and never approved,” Schiff wrote.
“It is now imperative that the Committee Majority immediately withdraw the document that it sent to the White House,” he added. “This is deeply troubling, because it means that the Committee Majority transmitted to the White House an altered version of its classified document that is materially different than the version on which the Committee voted.”
Schiff’s comments come on the heels of the FBI’s stark warning about releasing the controversial memo, saying the bureau had “grave concerns” over disclosing the information to the American people.
h/t Daily Caller
TRUMP UNCHAINED: The President UNLOADS on ‘LIAR’ Adam Schiff
President Trump slammed liberal Rep. Adam Schiff early Monday over the legislator’s non-stop crusade against the recently released FISA memo, saying ‘Little Adam Schiff’ was “one of the biggest liars and leakers” in the nation’s capital.
The President vented his frustration with Schiff on social media, saying the left-wing lawmaker was “desperate” to run for higher office and “must be stopped.”
“Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!” he tweeted.
Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
Schiff responded to the President’s fiery comments within minutes, claiming the Commander-in-Chief was “tweeting false smears” and urged Trump to “solve the funding crisis.”
“Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of “Executive Time.” Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else,” wrote Schiff.
Mr. President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of “Executive Time.” Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or…really anything else. https://t.co/lVqQRu2Gjl
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 5, 2018