On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, leaked “confidential information” on the margins of closed-door hearings on Capitol Hill. Trump wrote on Twitter: “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!" 

Schiff rebutted the president on Monday morning. He tweeted, "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."

The exchange came while Democrats are in a huddle to discuss the release of a memo they prepared in response to a memo released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee last week that accused officials of the Department of Justice and the FBI of politicizing investigations into the Trump presidential campaign in 2016. In four pages, the Republicans’ memo alleges that the FBI improperly took recourse to information in a salacious dossier prepared by the Fusion GPS opposition research firm at the behest of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in seeking a warrant from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to snoop on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

The president said last week that the memo "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe now being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Last week, Republicans blocked the release of the Democrat’s memo, which must also be declassified by the White House. However, Republicans have since declared that they will vote to release the memo prepared by Rep. Schiff. 

On Monday, President Trump praised the House Intelligence Committee chair, writing on Twitter: “Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!" 
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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