Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday shot down former President Trump’s claims that the president can declassify material at his discretion.
“No, people work hard to get this information. People risk their lives to know this. This information protects American lives. And for him to be so vehement about it shows both that the man is a constant threat, but also how little he values anything but himself,” Schiff told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview last week that declassification “doesn’t have to be a process” and argued that “if you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s classified or even thinking about it. “. ” The materials reaching Mar-a-Lago were different, but he claimed the documents had been deleted.
“It doesn’t work that way. These comments show no intelligence whatsoever. If you could declassify him just by thinking about it, he’s frankly even more dangerous than we thought,” Schiff said Sunday.
“He could just take what he read in the president’s diary or whatever the head of the CIA told him to the visiting Russian delegation or some other delegation and just say, ‘Well, that’s what I thought and that’s why those words sounded. came out of my mouth, they were taken out.”
Schiff is a member of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 riot at the US Capitol and investigating the former president’s role in the impeachment process. 2020 election results and incitement to attacks.
The Justice Department conducted its own investigation on Jan. 6. Still, Schiff on Sunday called the study “very slow” and said there were “areas that the Justice Department has not fully investigated.”
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