Trump explains why he kept ‘leaker’ Schiff, Pelosi in the dark on al-Baghdadi raid.
At the point when Trump initially reported al-Baghdadi’s death on Sunday morning, he said he chose not to tell officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on the grounds that he was cautious that such leaks could jeopardize the mission. Addressing correspondents Monday morning, he singled out House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., as the focal point of those worries.
Trump on Monday explained his reason not to give Democratic congressional leaders early notification of the attack that brought about the passing of ISIS pioneer Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying by and by that he was concerned the details would leak out.
“The only thing is they were talking about why didn’t I give the information to Adam Schiff and his committee, and the answer is because I think Adam Schiff is the biggest leaker in Washington,” Trump said. “You know that, I know that, we all know that. I’ve watched Adam Schiff leak. He’s a corrupt politician. He’s a leaker like nobody has ever seen before.”
When asked as to whether he had informed Pelosi concerning the assault previously, he said “no, I didn’t. I didn’t do that. I wanted to make sure this kept secret,” Trump said. “I don’t want to have people lost.”
Trump proceeded to blast Schiff for his treatment of the impeachment investigation, including when he presented a modified form of Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which Schiff later portrayed as “parody.” Trump blamed Schiff for carrying out a “criminal act” by putting the inaccurate version of the call on the record.
Trump’s choice not to notify senior members of Congress about the strike was questionable, even as he drew applause for supervising the successful mission.