President Trump blasted the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Monday amid the mounting fight over the panel’s ‘surveillance’ memo, calling “Little Adam Schiff” one of the “biggest liars and leakers in Washington.”
The president’s early Monday tweet came as Democrats, led by Schiff, continued to condemn majority Republicans for publishing the memo claiming authorities used a salacious anti-Trump dossier to obtain a warrant to monitor a Trump associate.
“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!” Trump tweeted. “Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!”
Schiff, D-Calif., sits as the ranking member on the intelligence committe. He is expected Monday to officially request the committee release Democratic members’ own 10-page memo, with the promise to send it to the Justice Department for redactions.
Trump’s tweet came shortly before Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said on “Fox & Friends” that almost “100 leaks” have seemingly come from Democrats.
Trump’s tweet also reflected frustration with a host of figures, including Schiff’s Senate counterpart – Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who sits as ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which conducted its own Russia probe. He also named former FBI director James Comey, former CIA director John Brennan, and former director of national intelligence James Clapper.
Comey, Clapper and Brennan all criticized Nunes.