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Trump: 'Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington'

President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE called Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.) “the biggest leaker in Washington” to explain why he did not inform the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee ahead of time about the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Trump made his comments during a press gaggle as he arrived in Chicago on Monday, one day after he confirmed al-Baghdadi died in a U.S. raid. The president said he didn’t tell Schiff about because “he’s a corrupt politician” and “a leaker like nobody has ever seen before.”

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“Well, I guess the only thing is they were talking about why didn’t I give the information to Adam Schiff and his committee,” Trump told reporters. “And the answer is: Because I think Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington.”

Schiff is a member of the Gang of Eight, a group of intelligence leaders typically informed of classified raids before they occur. The president had announced Sunday that some Washington leaders were not kept in the loop for fear of “Washington leaks,” saying “leaks could have caused the death of all of them,” referring to the special forces troops carrying out the operation.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden coronavirus relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority Some Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress MORE (D-Calif.) was also not told of the raid in advance. The president did report telling Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief FBI director faces lawmaker frustration over Capitol breach Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP MORE (R-S.C.) and Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrChamber of Commerce labels Biden removal of NLRB general counsel 'extreme' Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence MORE (R-N.C.) after the raid was successful.

Schiff has led the initial hearings of the impeachment inquiry against the president, increasing the animosity between the two. In an early hearing, Schiff exaggerated the conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. A whistleblower’s report detailing how Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE sparked the impeachment inquiry.

“Adam Schiff went before Congress, and Adam Schiff, what he did, will never be forgotten,” Trump told reporters. “He made up a conversation that was a phony fabrication. It was a fraud. And people shouldn’t be allowed to get away. They say he has immunity because he's a member of Congress.”  

Schiff has defended his comments, saying they were partly made in jest.