The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), warned that Americans should be wary of President Donald Trump’s use of the word “fake.”
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, host Jake Tapper asked Schiff if Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was attempting to distract from the Russia investigation with claims that members of Trump’s transition team were subjects of “incidental” collection during routine surveillance targeting suspected foreign spies.
“I would tell people, whenever they see the president use the word ‘fake,’ it ought to set off alarm bells,” Schiff told Tapper, suggesting the president’s tweets signal where there’s real controversy.
“Trump’s tweets tell the story, and the story is ‘Look over there at leaks,’ and ‘Look over there at anything the Obama administration, we can claim, did wrong on incidental collection or anything else ― but whatever you do, under no circumstances look here at me or at Russia,’” Schiff continued. “I think that’s really what’s going on.”
Trump has repeatedly suggested that leaks from within his administration are the real story and that the media should focus on his bogus Obama wiretap claim.
The president on Monday cheered a Fox News for reporting the ‘real story’, quoting an anonymous source who said well-known and high-ranking intelligence officials released the identity of Trump’s associates for political purposes.
“Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. ‘Spied on before nomination.’ The real story,” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s efforts are seen as an effort to distract from his own political scandals that are on the brink of completely sinking his entire administration.
Watch Rep. Adam Schiff’s remarks in the video below:
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