California rep bashes Trump’s call for leak investigation

California rep bashes Trump’s call for leak investigation
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests MORE (D-Calif.) slammed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district 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.