Adam Schiff and James Comey say Trump should be barred from post-presidency briefings because 'he cannot be trusted'By Mark Pygas
Jan. 19 2021, Updated 9:51 a.m. ET
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, says that President Donald Trump should no longer receive intelligence briefings after he leaves office. Former presidents are sometimes given intelligence briefings about the state of the world and potential threats.
"There's no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future," Schiff told CBS on Sunday. "I don't think he can be trusted with it now and in the future, he certainly can't be trusted. Indeed, there were, I think, any number of intelligence partners of ours around the world who probably started withholding information from us because they didn't trust the president would safeguard that information and protect their sources and methods. And that makes us less safe."
"We've seen this president politicize intelligence, and that's another risk to the country," Schiff added. He called on Joe Biden's administration to "absolutely" bar Trump from receiving post-presidency briefings.
Former FBI director James Comey has also called for Trump's access to briefings to be restricted.
"My understanding is former presidents are, not all the time but on a regular basis, given general intelligence briefings about the state of the world and threats to the country," Comey explained. "They're also given specific information if there's a threat to them."
Comey said that Biden's director of national intelligence would need to "take a very hard look at whether Donald Trump should be given information, including any information that might be sensitive to the security of the United States."
"The guy's a lying demagogue who you can't trust,' Comey added. "You want to be very, very careful about what you give him."
"I'm hoping that he will have been stripped of the perks of a former president by being convicted by the U.S. Senate and barred from further participation in public office," he said. "Maybe that will be a reason for them to cut him off entirely."