The guy's a lying demagogue who you can't trust. You want to be very, very careful about what you give him. — Former FBI director James Comey
The guy's a lying demagogue who you can't trust. You want to be very, very careful about what you give him. — Former FBI director James Comey
Adam Schiff and James Comey are pushing for Trump to be cut off from post-presidential intel briefings after he leaves office
  • Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, thinks President Trump should not be granted access to classified information after leaving office.
  • Former presidents usually get routine intelligence briefings, and granted access to classified information, but some argue Trump should not.
  • "There is no circumstance in which this president should get another intelligence briefing — not now, not in the future," Schiff told CBS News.
  • Susan Gordon, the former deputy national security director, who briefed Trump, has also expressed concern about Trump continuing to access intelligence.
  • "The guy's a lying demagogue who you can't trust," former FBI director James Comey said last week. "You want to be very, very careful about what you give him."
Schiff, a longtime critic of Trump, said that Trump had politicized intelligence during his time in office, and that US allies had withheld information because they did not believe he could be trusted with it.

That situation, he said, "makes us less safe."

... Schiff's concern that Trump may abuse the information echoes a warning by Susan Gordon, principal deputy director of national intelligence from 2017 until 2019, in an op-ed in the Washington Post Saturday.

Gordon, who gave intelligence briefings to Trump, wrote that the president has made clear that he intends to be further involved in national politics after he leaves office, in contrast to other ex-presidents.

She also noted that "Trump has significant business entanglements that involve foreign entities."

"It is not clear that he understands the tradecraft to which he has been exposed, the reasons the knowledge he has acquired must be protected from disclosure, or the intentions and capabilities of adversaries and competitors who will use any means to advance their interests at the expense of ours," Gordon wrote.

... During his term in office, Trump was accused several times of mishandling intelligence, disclosing classified information to Russian officials in a 2017 White House meeting, and tweeting out a likely classified picture of Iranian missile sites in 2019.