Mike Pompeo, a former Trump administration official, accused Representative Adam Schiff of leaking confidential material.
The new accusation came after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy rejected Schiff’s appointment to the House Intel Committee, where he had served as chairman for the previous four years.
“I know that he disclosed classified material that was supplied to him during my tenure as CIA director and secretary of state,” Pompeo stated on Fox News on Wednesday.
Pompeo would not provide specifics, but he argued that the situation was serious enough to limit what he told Congress.
To emphasize how severe the accusation is, “Outnumbered” co-host Emily Compagno challenged Pompeo on why there hasn’t been accountability if such leaks are “a crime at the very least, up to treason.”
“Isn’t it a complex procedure? It’s impossible to say exactly what transpired,” Pompeo stated. “But I could tell you that when we delivered material to him and to his employees, it wound up in places it should not have been with frightening regularity. We were able to see it. As a result, I chose to withhold information from them.”
Schiff’s office was contacted for comment on Pompeo’s allegations. “Mike Pompeo has made yet another clearly false and slanderous assertion. While we recognize that Adam Schiff is a favored target for failed Trump administration lackeys running for president, respected news organizations should not perpetuate these falsehoods,” Schiff representative Lauren French told The Hill.
Schiff has previously denied releasing secret information. “No, I haven’t. My staff hasn’t,” he said CNN in 2020, before adding, “I can’t answer for what all of the committee members have done or haven’t done, including a lot of the Republican members.”
Pompeo isn’t the first Trump administration intelligence official to accuse Schiff of leaking confidential material. Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell stated in January 2021 that Schiff and his colleagues “frequently” released secret material.
In April 2021, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) stated to conservative pundit Lisa Boothe that Schiff may be a source for unverified stories about Russia giving incentives to Afghan insurgents to assassinate US troops. “Yet another false and unfounded accusation by Tom Cotton – you would think he would know better by now,” Schiff spokesperson Patrick Boland said to the Washington Examiner at the time.
On Tuesday, McCarthy removed Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee. McCarthy has long accused Schiff of being a serial liar, especially when it came to investigations involving former President Donald Trump. Pompeo also branded Schiff a liar and commended McCarthy for removing him from the panel during his appearance with Fox News.
Over the weekend, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries nominated Schiff to the committee, calling him “undeniably qualified.” After being banned, Schiff said McCarthy’s action was “petty, political revenge for probing Donald Trump.”
Schiff also stated that he was too “paranoid” to bring any confidential information to his home while working on the House Intelligence Committee. “This, I believe, is what is so astonishing for all of us on the Intelligence Committee. I never bring secret papers to my house,” Schiff said when asked if he had brought any information home by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “I don’t see why anyone would,” Schiff continued.