- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 16, 2017

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday that President Trump might have disclosed classified information in an interview with Fox News this week.

“In his effort to once again blame Obama, the president appears to have discussed something that, if true and accurate, would otherwise be considered classified information,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat.

In an interview with Fox News, Mr. Trump had said: “I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken — that was during the Obama years.”

Mr. Schiff said the president has the power to declassify whatever he wants, but that such a move should be done with “intense input” from any agency affected.

“For anyone else to do what the president may have done, would constitute what he deplores as ‘leaks,’ ” he said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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