Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff is whining because Democrat House leaders were not informed of the raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
He appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, after President Donald Trump made the announcement about the raid.
“My understanding [Pelosi] wasn’t [told]. But a couple of things, first of all, good riddance. [Al-Baghdadi] was a bloodthirsty killer to the degree that he retained operational control of ISIS,” he said.
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“This is an operational success, this is a symbolic victory. He had the blood of thousands and thousands of people on his hands, including many Americans and American journalists.
“So, this a great day, a ruthless killer has been brought to justice,” he said to the host of the show Martha Raddatz.
“It’s not the end of ISIS by any means and we’ve had some recent setbacks with the release of over 100 ISIS fighters.
“That struggle is going to have to go on, made more difficult by the fact that we have betrayed the kurds and withdrawn our forces from parts of Syria but nonetheless an important victory against this brutal killer.
“In terms of notifying the gang of eight, that wasn’t done. Look, the reason to notify the gang of eight is frankly more important when things go wrong.
“If — the president said it was dangerous flying in. The Russians could have shot down American planes,” he said.
“The gang of eight was told about the bin Laden raid?” Raddatz said.
“I wasn’t part of the gang of eight at the time but that’s my understanding. Had this escalated, had something gone wrong, had we gotten into a fire fight with the Russians, the administration has to be able to say, we informed Congress we were going in, they were aware of the risks,” he said.
“We at least gave them the chance to provide feedback. That wasn’t done here. I think that’s a mistake but let’s not lose sight of the fact that it was a success and a ruthless killer has been taken off the battlefield,” he said.
“Still concerned about the troops coming out?” Raddatz said.
“Absolutely. I think it’s a disastrous mistake to betray the Kurds this way. I think it improves the Russian position in the Middle East, something they desperately want.
“I vehemently disagree with what the president said that the Russians love having us there,” he said.
If Rep. Schiff wants to be informed of highly sensitive information as previous representatives have been then he should stop the leaks.
President Trump should not be blamed for not trusting sensitive information about a dangerous mission to people who leak to the press.
It was the correct decision by President Trump, and the Democrats should stop whining about it and celebrate the victory.
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