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Adam Schiff Says Intel Community Should ‘Dumb Down’ Briefings For Trump If He’s GOP Nominee

Democratic California Sen. Adam Schiff said on NBC on Sunday that if former President Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, intelligence agencies should “silence” him from his press conferences.

Schiff appeared on “Meet the Press” to talk about his recent victory in the general election, potentially filling the seat of late Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and his future campaign plans. NBC host Kristen Welker asked Schiff about the possibility of Trump holding intelligence briefings with U.S. officials as the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee before being replaced by former Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. did. (Related: Democrats spent tens of millions of dollars on Deep Blue Senate races)

“Congressman, I would like to ask you about this development this weekend. U.S. intelligence officials have formally secured the nomination of Donald Trump even though he faces 40 felony charges for handling classified documents.” “As the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, do you think it's appropriate for him to be briefed on intelligence?” Welker asked.

Schiff said briefings for presidential candidates are a “long tradition,” but he wants the intelligence community to give Trump “no information other than what is absolutely necessary.” Schiff noted that his reasoning was due to the fact that no candidate had ever been “more criminally negligent.”

“Well, that's the practice, but we've never had a situation where one of the presidential candidates was negligent in handling classified information or worse,” Schiff said. “So I have to hope that, knowing the intelligence community as well as I do, they will streamline the press conference for Donald Trump. I mean, they absolutely need him.” I don't give him any information other than that, and I don't give him anything that would reveal the source or the method, because I can't trust him to do the right thing with that information. He's very reckless. Yes, that concerns me as well. It's part of a long tradition. They will and should be careful about what they share with him.”

McCarthy fired Schiff from his position as chairman of the Intelligence Committee over Schiff's defense of the unreliable Steele dossier, which Democrats had argued was evidence of Trump's alleged corruption with Russia. asked to do so.

“Schiff lied to the American people…” McCarthy said upon firing Schiff.

President Trump has been indicted by Special Counsel Jack Smith on charges of mishandling classified documents, but a trial has not yet been scheduled. The former president filed oral arguments before Judge Eileen Cannon in early March to postpone his trial until after the 2024 election.

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