According to Schiff, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, should resign in order to resist Trump’s move to declassify intelligence related to the Russia investigation.
“If it gets to a point they are asked to do things that are unlawful or jeopardize the men and women that work within the I.C., they should speak out,” Schiff told the New York Times, “and, if necessary, follow the example of Secretary Mattis.” Mattis resigned late last year in protest of Trump’s plan to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan.
Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee earlier called President Trump’s decision to order the declassification of documents concerning the Russia Collusion investigation a “clear abuse of power.”
Schiff in a statement said “President Trump, in a clear abuse of power, has decided to intervene in a pending law enforcement investigation by ordering the selective release of materials he believes are helpful to his defense team and thinks will advance a false narrative,” “With respect to some of these materials, I have been previously informed by the FBI and Justice Department that they would consider their release a red line that must not be crossed as they may compromise sources and methods, this is evidently of no consequence to a President who cares about nothing about the country and everything about his narrow self-interest.”
Earlier, in an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace, Schiff largely refused to discuss the dossier which was used to initiate the spying on Trump campaign. And now we have Schiff calling on intelligence officials to resign so as to avoid declassification of documents related to the Russia Collusion investigation.