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Schiff: Trump’s attacks on intelligence community are ‘deeply counterproductive’

Greg Nash

Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, warned Sunday that President Trump’s attacks on U.S. intelligence agencies are making it tougher for them to protect the nation.

Trump has criticized intelligence officials for leaking information, saying they are trying to make his inner circle look bad and suggesting that the intelligence community was responsible for circulating a dossier earlier this year that contained a variety of embarrassing allegations about Russia’s influence over him.

Schiff argued that Trump is undermining morale within the intelligence community by raising questions about its loyalty and patriotism.

{mosads}“These broadsides against the intelligence community are deeply counterproductive — they hurt morale and also make it difficult for, frankly, our agents to do their jobs, their offices to do their jobs and get out and recruit people around the world,” Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week.”

He said that U.S. intelligence officials have to recruit people around the world to put their lives on the line to gather secrets.

“How can they do that if they don’t believe the president of United States is going to value the work product that comes out of those risks?” he asked.

Schiff’s comments echo those made by former CIA Director Leon Panetta, a Democrat, this weekend.

“Every time he demeans the intelligence community or accuses it of leaks or accuses it of doing things that it’s not doing, that obviously impacts the morale of that institution,” Panetta told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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