Parliamentary intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that President Trump should be barred from receiving intelligence briefings after he leaves office, an opportunity traditionally given to former presidents.
“There is no circumstance in which this president has a new intelligence briefing, neither now nor in the future,” Schiff told CBS’s Face to the Nation. “I don’t think he can be trusted now, and he certainly can’t be trusted in the future.”
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Schiff claims that US intelligence partners have withheld information because of Trump.
“I think there were a lot of intelligence partners around the world who probably started withholding information from us because they didn’t believe the president would keep that information and protect their sources and methods, and that makes us less secure,” he said. “We’ve seen this president politicize intelligence, and that’s another risk for the country.”
Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by Trump in 2017, echoed Schiff’s mood during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” on Friday.
The incoming director of national intelligence “will have to look very hard at whether Donald Trump should be provided with information, including any information that may be sensitive to the security of the United States,” Komi said.
“The man is a false demagogue you don’t trust,” Komi said. “You want to be very, very careful about what you give him.”
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“I hope he will be deprived of the privileges of a former president by being convicted by the US Senate and banned from further participation in public office,” he continued. “Maybe that’s why they’ll cut him off.”
Former Deputy Chief of National Intelligence Sue Gordon has called for a ban on Trump from intelligence briefings after the presidency in an article published in The Washington Post on Friday.
“Every former president in the modern era has benefited from a unique privilege of national security since leaving the White House: routine intelligence briefings and access to classified information to support his continued involvement in advancing America’s interests. These briefings were a matter of respect for convention. and were provided by the new president to the old, “Gordon wrote. “My recommendation, as a 30-year veteran of the intelligence community, is not to provide [Trump] any briefings after January 20. “
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Gordon said Trump would be different from other former presidents because of his plans to remain strongly involved in politics.
He is leaving, unlike his predecessors, who accepted the muted responsibilities of being “former”, with a specified agenda to remain engaged in politics and politics. No outgoing president in the modern era has hinted or planned to become a political actor immediately after leaving office, “she wrote.