Monday morning President Donald Trump used Twitter to attack California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, accusing him of leaking confidential information, and also being “one of the biggest liars” in Washington.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
In his tweet, he also called liars the former FBI director, the Virginia senator, the former CIA chief and former national intelligence chief.
President Trump’s accusation that Schiff left a committee hearing in order to “illegally leak confidential information” is something that the White House has previously said that the California representative has done.
Adam Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. After Trump’s tweet, he denied the president’s accusations.
According to The Hill, the California lawmaker has been a vocal critic of Trump, and in recent days has been a central figure in objecting to the release of a Republican-crafted memo that alleges the Department of Justice (DOJ) abused a surveillance program to target the Trump campaign in 2016.
The four-page memo that was released Friday shows that senior Justice Department officials used information obtained from the Steele dossier in order to approve surveillance warrants on Carter Page, who was a member of the Trump transition team and former Trump campaign adviser.
After Trump declassified the memo, he tweeted that it “totally vindicates” him in the Russia probe. Schiff responded that the memo does “quite the opposite.” Several Republicans also said that the memo does not vindicate Trump.
On Sunday, Schiff also warned that the president is attempting to turn the Justice Department into a “personal political tool.”
Meanwhile, the committee is scheduled to meet on Monday night to vote whether to declassify a Democratic memo that counters the Republican’s release.