The former House Intelligence Committee chairman, Adam Schiff, has been accused of leaking highly classified information so frequently that the former CIA director, Mike Pompeo, was forced to limit the amount of information he gave to him and his staff.
Pompeo, who served as CIA director before being appointed as secretary of state by then-President Donald Trump, made the accusation during a recent interview.
“During my time as CIA director and secretary of state, I know that he leaked classified information that had been provided to him,” Pompeo stated, who is rumored to be considering a run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
The issue was so bad that Pompeo had to restrict the information that he shared with members of Congress. “It ended up in places it shouldn’t have been with alarming regularity,” Pompeo said, adding that he decided to hold back information from Schiff and his staff as a result.
During his time in Congress, Pompeo served on the Intelligence Committee, so he is familiar with how it operates. He also explained that the information seen by the committee, as well as its counterpart in the Senate, is highly compartmentalized and privileged, and not every member of Congress gets to see it.
Pompeo also said that Schiff’s behavior while acting as chairman “almost ruined that committee,” adding that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “got it exactly right” by removing his Democratic colleague from it.
Besides booting Schiff, McCarthy removed another member from the committee as well, Rep. Eric Swalwell, also a California Democrat, over a previous relationship with a suspected Chinese spy believed to be sexual in nature. The suspected spy, named Fang Fang, assisted with Swalwell’s 2014 campaign; the relationship was not revealed until 2020, however.
McCarthy explained during a testy exchange with a PBS reporter on Wednesday that he had received a briefing from the FBI about the relationship that led him to believe Swalwell is too compromised to be on the committee and be exposed to highly sensitive information.
In a letter to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), McCarthy said he would not be reinstating the two former members. “I cannot put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, and I cannot simply recognize years of service as a sole criteria for membership on this essential committee. Integrity matters more,” he wrote.
“It is my assessment that the misuse of this panel during the 116th and 117th Congress severely undermined its primary national security and oversight missions ultimately leaving our nation less safe,” he added. “Therefore, as we enter a new Congress, I am committed to returning the Intelligence Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that retains the trust of the American people.”
The Democrats have once again shown their true colors. They are willing to put their own interests and personal gain ahead of the safety and security of our nation.
It’s time for a change, and for true patriots to take back control of our government. It’s time for a Republican president in the White House and for true conservatives to take back Congress. Only then can we ensure the security of our nation and the safety of our citizens.