Schiff Statement on President Trump Tweets on Declassification
Washington, September 21, 2018
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:
“President Trump today acknowledged strenuous objections by the Department of Justice and U.S. allies to releasing highly sensitive material — which is related to an ongoing law enforcement investigation examining conduct by President Trump, his campaign, and his associates — but still left open the possibility that he will defy their warnings and abuse his power by unilaterally declassifying such documents.
“This was already known to the President and his allies in Congress. The DOJ and FBI had previously informed the Administration and Congress that the release of these documents would cross a 'red line,’ potentially compromising sources and methods and hindering the investigation. The President, the White House Counsel, and the President’s personal lawyers nevertheless seek access to this material for the corrupt purpose of discrediting the Special Counsel — we cannot allow that.”