Leading Democrats are desperately spinning the recently declassified FISA memo to justify their outright opposition to its release, with Rep. Adam Schiff claiming the documents disclosure will make Americans apprehensive about reporting potential terrorists living next door.
The ranking Democrat slammed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ decision to release the material Monday, saying it would make US citizens who notice potentially dangerous activity reluctant to report their suspicions to the FBI.
“It’s impeaching the FBI, and the problem with this, and this is, I think, at the heart of the department’s concern, is if you have a neighbor who’s buying fertilizer, lots of fertilizer, but has no yard, and you have concerns about it, and you want to call the FBI, you’re now going to wonder, is that FBI going to hold my name in confidence or this information in confidence?” said Schiff.
“What if this becomes politicized?” Schiff added. “Sources are going to dry up because of what the Republicans on this committee are doing now. There is a compact between our committee and the intelligence community,” he added.
Watch Schiff’s comments above.