California rep bashes Trump’s call for leak investigation

California rep bashes Trump’s call for leak investigation
© Greg Nash

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage Adam Schiff is just blowing smoke with 'witness intimidation' bluster MORE (D-Calif.) slammed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE on Friday, questioning Trump's priorities about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after he called for a congressional investigation into intelligence reports leaked to NBC News.

“Of all issues implicated by Russian active measures, this is what you want to investigate? This is your top priority for intel committees?” Schiff tweeted.

The California Democrat was responding to a tweet posted by Trump barely an hour earlier, in which the president-elect vowed to request an investigation into whether officials leaked details of an intelligence report about Russian hacking to NBC.

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“I am asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it,” Trump tweeted.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that U.S. intercepts unveiled that Russian officials celebrated Trump’s win in November. NBC's reporting supported the Post’s account.

Trump has continued to express skepticism about the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russian state-sponsored hackers interfered in the presidential race to swing the outcome in favor of Trump. Trump is set to receive a briefing on the topic Friday.