Uh oh, Donald Trump may have let some highly classified data accidently slip on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight. The current president was talking about President Barack Obama, when Trump said Obama ordered a “wire” tapped during the presidential election.
The new guy in the White House told the show:
‘I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken — that was during the Obama years. That was not during us. That was during the Obama situation. Mike Pompeo is there now doing a fantastic job.’
Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, Minority Leader of the House Intelligence Committee, does not believe Trump intentionally leaked information about the CIA hacking. Instead, he believes that the president dealt with sensitive information carelessly.
In a Thursday statement, Representative Schiff tweeted:
‘The president appears to have discussed something that, if true and accurate, would otherwise be considered classified information.’
Schiff told Politico:
‘The president has the power to declassify whatever he wants, but this should be done as the product of thoughtful consideration and with intense input from any agency affected. For anyone else to do what the president may have done, would constitute what he deplores as “leaks.”‘
Rather than admitting his error, Trump tried to defend his claims of President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower on the Carlson show.
Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks started leaking what he called the CIA’s “hacking arsenal.” This was a huge collection of intelligence agency information dealing with U.S. hacking smartphones and other internet-using devices.
MSNBC’s Hardball had some choice words on the issue:
— Hardball (@hardball) March 15, 2017
Trump also had harsh words for the mini-leak his 2005 tax returns, calling the MSNBC report “a disgrace,” on Carlson’s show:
‘I have no idea where they got it but it’s illegal and they’re not supposed to have it and it’s not supposed to be leaked, and it’s certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all, but it’s an illegal thing they’ve been doing it, they’ve done it before and I think it’s a disgrace.’
Check out Schiff’s tweeted statement saying:
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 16, 2017
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