Schiff: Intelligence officials' retirements a 'devastating loss'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff MORE (D-Calif.) released a statement Thursday calling the retirements of two top intelligence officials a "devastating loss."

Schiff's statement follows the resignation announcements of Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray Coats281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report Former intelligence chief Coats rejoins law firm Remembering leaders who put country above party MORE last month and Deputy Director of National Intelligence Sue Gordon Tuesday. 

"The retirements of Dan Coats and Sue Gordon represent a devastating loss to the Intelligence Community, and the men and women who serve in it," Schiff said. "Gordon brought decades of experience and encyclopedic knowledge of the agencies to bear, and her absence will leave a great void."

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"These losses of leadership, coupled with a president determined to weed out anyone who may dare disagree, represent one of the most challenging moments for the Intelligence Community," he added. "It will be up to the Congress to ensure that the Intelligence Community continues to provide independent analysis and judgement to policy makers, and always speak truth to power."

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Zuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Senate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Va.) also called Gordon's departure a "real loss to our intelligence community."

"In more than 30 years of service to our nation, Sue Gordon ​has demonstrated herself to be a patriot and a consummate professional, eventually becoming the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and someone who garnered tremendous respect from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill​," Warner said in a statement. 

Warner also accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE of pushing out Gordon and Coats.

"In pushing out two dedicated public servants in as many weeks, once again the President has shown that he has no problem prioritizing his political ego even if it comes at the expense of our national security," he said.

​Trump on Thursday announced that Gordon would retire and later added that Joseph MaguireJoseph MaguireOvernight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan Schumer warns Intel officials that Trump could expose whistleblower Second intel official considering filing complaint over Trump: report MORE, current director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will become the acting director of national intelligence. 

Both retirements and Maguire's ascension will take place Aug. 15.