The White House is conducting a leak investigation over the NYT story that made the false claim that President Trump was told that Russia was paying the Taliban to kill American soldiers and he did nothing about it. Of course, we now know that the president was never briefed on the subject but the top staff of Adam Schiff was.
Why is no one asking Adam Schiff what actions he took after receiving his briefing? I suspect the only action he took was taking the story to the NYT.
The White House has been investigating people inside the intelligence community who had possession of the knowledge about the now-debunked story. They say they have it narrowed down to ten people.
I imagine they plan on prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law to prevent these leaks during the last four and a half years of the Trump presidency.
The White House said:
“The Trump Administration has opened an internal investigation to try to uncover who leaked intelligence about Russians paying Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers. The administration maintains the story is overcooked and the leaks cherry-picked despite a steady stream of follow-ups from media outlets across the globe.”
“The Administration has interviewed people with access to the intelligence, and believes it has narrowed down the universe of suspects to fewer than 10 people.”
NEW: WH is conducting a leak investigation into who told reporters about a Russians paying Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers. They have narrowed it down to fewer than 10 possible people. pic.twitter.com/dpBfsDEH2H
— Anna Palmer (@apalmerdc) July 7, 2020
Here’s what we know:
According to Intelligence sources who spoke to The Federalist, Adam Schiff’s top aides were briefed on the Russia-Taliban bounty intel back in February during a CODEL trip to Afghanistan.
Schiff was briefed on the rumors back in February, yet he withheld the information from Congress and held no hearings.
When asked by a reporter this week if he had any prior knowledge about the Russia bounty rumors, Schiff said, “I can’t comment on specifics.”
It looks like Schiff and his aides may be behind another round of damaging, selective leaks to the media in order to harass President Trump.