The House Intelligence and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday will hold a hearing on the leaking of classified information to the media about the extent of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying.
The House panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff Adam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Rosenstein mulling whether to remove Rosenstein after DOJ asks him to resign | Facebook pulls ads from ‘Likes’ button | Google launches ad buying program for teens with autism House Intelligence committee holds public hearing on Russia probe next week House Intelligence panel will hold public hearing Wednesday on the leak of classified intelligence, panel member Adam Schiff told reporters.
Schiff said he was aware of a number of reports that were published in the press, including on Friday’s Associated Press, but he declined to elaborate on what those reports were.
Schiff also said that he had not seen any documents that could substantiate claims made by anonymous sources.
Schiff told the Associated Press that the leak would not affect any of the intelligence committee’s oversight efforts.
“I think it’s a serious issue that we should be looking into,” Schiff said.
He said he expects the House Intelligence report to include “very detailed information on what happened in this case.”
Schiff said there are two different kinds of leaks in the intelligence community: ones that result in information being passed to the press and others that result from improper or criminal conduct.
He called leaks of classified material “very dangerous.”
The AP reported that the AP obtained information about the surveillance operation that included information about “how the program was run and how much it was being used.”
Schiff called for an investigation into the leak to be conducted by the House and Senate intelligence committees.
“We need to look at what the intelligence agencies were doing in a way that was not damaging to national security,” Schiff told CBS News.
The AP obtained a document from a source who provided it to the AP.
The document, which was not redacted, was dated July 21, 2018.
Schiff called the AP’s reporting “sloppy.”
“We have to look into the fact that it was leaked and how it was released.
And I think it should be investigated and then, when it’s finished, we can go forward,” Schiff added.
The committee is also investigating the disclosure that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition period.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Monday to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Kislyak.
In a statement, Schiff said that if the leaks of the AP report are proven to be true, it “is highly troubling.”