Schiff told the New York Times that CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats should follow former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ lead and resign if they are asked to do things that jeopardize intelligence community members.
“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 and, if necessary, follow the example of Secretary Mattis,” said Schiff.
Schiff threw a fit last week when President Trump granted Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify key Russia investigation documents which would expose the deep state’s unauthorized spying of the 2016 Trump campaign.
“This is a president who will lash out and destroy anything if he believes it will suit his interests,” said Schiff. “And he now has a capable lieutenant in the attorney general to help him do just that.”
“While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase. This is un-American,” Schiff tweeted.
Although Haspel has yet to speak out about the order, Coats offered some reassurance about the limited scope of what can be made available to the public.
“Much like we have with other investigations and reviews, the Intelligence Community will provide the Department of Justice all of the appropriate information for its review of intelligence activities related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” Coats said in a statement Friday. “As part of that process, I am confident that the Attorney General will work with the IC in accordance with the long-established standards to protect highly-classified information that, if publicly released, would put our national security at risk.”