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Schiff: No reason Trump should get intel briefings ever again

Greg Nash

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday that President Trump should no longer receive daily intelligence briefings and be prohibited from receiving such briefings once he leaves office.

In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Schiff agreed with calls from Susan Gordon, Trump’s former principal deputy director of national intelligence, to cease providing Trump with intelligence immediately given his actions surrounding the riot that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

“There’s no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future. I don’t think he can be trusted with it now, and in the future he certainly can’t be trusted,” Schiff said.

The Intelligence Committee chairman went on to say that he thought U.S. allies had begun withholding intelligence from the Trump administration due to fears about the president’s ability or willingness to keep such intelligence private, a prospect Schiff said “makes us less safe.”

Gordon, who left the Trump administration in 2019, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday that President-elect Joe Biden should move to deny Trump intelligence briefings after Trump departs from the White House.

“My recommendation, as a 30-plus-year veteran of the intelligence community, is not to provide him any briefings after Jan. 20,” she wrote. “With this simple act — which is solely the new president’s prerogative — Joe Biden can mitigate one aspect of the potential national security risk posed by Donald Trump, private citizen.”

Schiff has been a top critic of the president for years and joined other Democrats and some Republicans this week in voting for a historic second impeachment of the president, which now heads to the Senate for a trial.

Five people died during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, including a Capitol Police officer. 

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