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Adam Schiff Just Cut Off Barr’s Efforts To Declassify Secrets

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made sure that Barr won’t be able to declassify the nation’s secrets behind the backs of Congress.

Rep. Schiff wrote in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, “This approach threatens national security by subverting longstanding rules and practices that obligate you and other heads of IC agencies to safeguard sources and methods and prevent the politicization of intelligence and law enforcement.”

Read the full letter:


Schiff won’t allow Barr to operate in secret

Adam Schiff’s demand carries a ton of weight. It’s his committee that is responsible for oversight of the intelligence community. Rep. Schiff isn’t going let William Barr declassify secret sources and methods to help Donald Trump cook up a conspiracy that they hope will save the president’s reelection campaign. The intelligence community is required by law to keep Congress informed of Barr’s activities.

Trump was wrong to believe that he gave Barr unlimited power to build a “deep state” conspiracy that he can use to muddy the political waters in 2020. Adam Schiff is watching, and the chairman just cut Barr’s efforts to work in secret off at the knees.

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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason spent four years as a political columnist and the politics editor at, where he covered such issues as the Iraq War, warrantless wiretapping, and the daily workings of the American legislative process. Jason has also written for the Blogger News Network and saw his 2008 presidential election coverage quoted in over 300 newspapers worldwide. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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