The highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says that President Donald Trump very possibly revealed classified information on national television. Considering how furious Trump has been about classified leaks, he should double check what he’s saying to ensure that he isn’t the source of all the White House leaks.
Adam Schiff (D-CA) told the press that Trump made assertions of what would be classified information on his Wednesday night Fox News appearance.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 16, 2017
Schiff said, “In his effort to once again blame Obama, the President appeared to have discussed something that, if true and accurate, would otherwise be considered classified information.”
There is always the possibility that serial liar Trump is not telling the truth. He has been known for making up outrageous and wildly outlandish stories, most recently lying about former President Barack Obama wiretapping the Trump campaign without possessing a single shred of evidence.
On Fox News Trump told Tucker Carlson, “I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken — that was during the Obama years. That was not during us. That was during the Obama situation. [New CIA director] Mike Pompeo is there now doing a fantastic job.”
First, the CIA director is not singlehandedly responsible for the entire organization’s cybersecurity. It is nonsensical to claim that changing directors will changes online vulnerabilities.
Second, and most importantly, that is an extremely weighty allegation to make. As Schiff explains, if Trump is not lying about the purported CIA hack then he is making every American with a television privy to highly sensitive state secrets.
If Trump is lying, then the political landscape of lies we have been thrust into just got thornier.