On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that he had given Attorney General William Barr the green light to start the declassification process for the origins to the investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign.
….during the 2016 Presidential election. The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2019
This declassification process will reveal whether the intelligence community had sound evidence to obtain the warrants that began the probe into Trump’s campaign.
Schiff was one of many Democrats that was upset to see President Trump’s announcement. He took to Twitter to accuse Trump of being “un-American” and somehow connected the declassification to a “coverup.”
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.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 24, 2019
While this is how Schiff feels about declassification now, he didn’t feel this way under former President Barack Obama. Just prior to Trump’s first days in office, Schiff took to Twitter and called on Obama to issue the declassification order on the Russia investigation.
President Obama can and must declassify as much as possible about Russia hacking our elections. Rest assured, Trump won't. https://t.co/ONM8N0kCMl
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 17, 2016
Gowdy wasn’t surprised to see Schiff flip on the issue of declassification. During an interview on Fox News, Gowdy claimed that Schiff has always been an “overly ambitious, partisan, wannabe senator.”
He also noted that Schiff embraced the leaks at the beginning of the Trump administration when several Obama holdouts were still staffing the intelligence community, but now he fears that Barr’s office will leak information.
Watch Gowdy’s comments on Schiff:
“Here’s the thing: Schiff is an overly ambitious, partisan, wannabe senator from California so your expectations should be exceedingly low for Adam Schiff. What I find amusing is the duplicity with which the D.C. media covers these events. Remember in 2016 and 2017, the front page of almost every major newspaper was some leak of classified information. In 2016 and 2017, they didn’t care about that. Now, they’re concerned that Bill Barr as he looks into the origins of this investigation may disseminate classified information.”
Gowdy reiterated that he believes all expectations for consistent judgments from Schiff on declassification should be “really low.”