An enraged Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), told CNN’s Erin Burnett that three new leaks to the press, from what was supposed to be a private congressional testimony with Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats, have occurred and he wants to get to the bottom of it.
“What I found out, Erin is that about eight hours ago Adam Schiff and I looked Dan Coats in the eyes and we assured him that there would be no selective leaking of his testimony to us,” Gowdy explained. “And I’ll be damned if eight hours later there aren’t three different leaks with what he told us,” he revealed.
Gowdy, who heads the House Oversight Committee following the retirement of former chairman Jason Chaffetz, told Burnett that he could guarantee it wasn’t him who was the leaker and that he didn’t believe it was weasel-like California Democrat Adam Schiff because he is a former prosecutor and knows the rules and consequences at hand. although that didn’t stop former FBI Director James Comey from leaking.
Although, that didn’t stop former FBI Director James Comey from leaking.
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“So if anyone is questioning why congressional investigations aren’t taken seriously and are viewed as political exercises, you need to look no further than the fact that we looked one of our intelligence officials in the eyes and promised him there would be no selective leaking and here I am, being asked about not even eight hours later.”
The meeting took place on Thursday and shortly thereafter, news outlets like NBC News, citing an unnamed source familiar with the meeting, reportedly said that Coats said President Trump repeatedly asked him to say there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Congressman Gowdy said that the unfortunate result of this kind of leaking is that it has a chilling effect on others who need to share classified information and “it makes it’s way to the headlines before the transcripts even dry.”