“When you put someone who is wrong as often as Adam Schiff is wrong, and is as deeply partisan as he is, in charge of the Intelligence Committee, then no, you’re not going to share confidential information because Adam leaks like a sieve.” - Former GOP Congressman and prosecutor Trey Gowdy
Former GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, joined the the Fox News Channel’s program “America’s Newsroom” to provide his expertise — both as a House Intelligence Committee member and a successful prosecutor — about the alleged whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump.
Gowdy, who also served as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told the Fox News audience that there are a number of law enforcement officers and intelligence operatives who may hesitate to share sensitive information with certain members of Congress — namely, California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.
“I warned people weeks ago that if [Congressman] Adam Schiff, who’s one of the most partisan members of the House, continued to be the chairperson of the House Intelligence Committee, eventually people would stop sharing information with the Intelligence Committee, and apparently that’s what’s happened,” Gowdy said.
“If [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi wants this [classified] information given to Congress, she should pick a less-partisan person to be the chairperson of that committee,” he said.
“Those Americans who can remember the Cold War and the Ronald Reagan presidency are well aware the Democrats in the Senate — especially Sen. Patrick Leahy who was nicknamed ‘Leaky,’ who eventually was removed from the Senate Intelligence Committee,” said Maria Tesatoria, a former police intelligence unit analyst.
The information to which Gowdy is referring is the contents of a whistleblower complaint within the intelligence community.
The complaint was filed through the proper channels when an administration employee seemed to believe that Trump made a troubling “promise” to an unnamed world leader. Although the president does have broad authority when it comes to declassifying information, the employee felt it was necessary to lodge the accusation.
But, President Trump has denied doing anything hurtful or wrong.
The Commander in Chief also questioned the motives of Schiff’s whistleblower, describing him or her as “highly partisan.”
The complaint currently rests with the inspector general of the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson, who is refusing to disclose the contents to Schiff and, by extension, Congress.
Schiff has not taken this well and has vowed to investigate the complaint come “hell or high water,” according to CNN.
“This involves something more sinister, something involving a serious or flagrant abuse or violation of law or misappropriation, and the IG underscored the seriousness of this, and also that this need to be looked into,” the congressman said.
“Not only is Schiff a partisan hack, but he’s also a proven liar who should be kept as far away as possible from classified material. His friends in the fake news business should be ashamed of themselves for covering up for Schiff,” noted Capt. Tesatoria
Gowdy continued to outline exactly why the Democrat is dealing with such resistance.
“When you put someone who is wrong as often as Adam Schiff is wrong, and is as deeply partisan as he is, in charge of the Intelligence Committee, then no, you’re not going to share confidential information because Adam leaks like a sieve,” he said.
Gowdy later declined to opine on the facts of the case while urging Americans to show similar restraint and calling out selective outrage.
“I think we got to get to the point in our political culture where we don’t speculate. There’s a transcript, we don’t have to wonder what was said,” he said. “I think what does frustrate people is I seem to recall a president who said, ‘I’ll have more flexibility in my second term.’
“We don’t have to wonder about that, that’s on tape. I don’t think there was a similar level of outrage when President [Barack] Obama promised that to the Russian president as there is now, and we don’t have any idea what President Trump said.”