Schiff: Trump’s ‘Helping His Own Defense’ with FISA Release; ‘Will Be Enormously Destructive’
SCHIFF: "Well, I think it’s first and foremost a way of Donald Trump helping his own defense, providing materials to his own legal defense team. He’s no doubt conferred with his lawyers 'What information from the investigation would be useful to you,' he's conferred with his TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani 'What would be useful to you to be able to talk about on TV,' and he's conferred with his allies in Congress. This take place in this context, Lawrence. Yesterday quite unexpectedly, totally out of the blue the chairman of the Intel Committee Devin Nunes announces that he’s going to release the transcripts of the witnesses we have interviewed. Now, we have been urging that that be done for months and they have refused, we have pressed them and they have refused despite earlier promising to do that. Why the sudden about face to be immediately followed by the White House ordering its own release. This is coordinated between the President and his allies, and the precedent and the policy and the norm that we’ve had since Watergate that a president does not interfere in specific cases at Justice, let alone one in which the president himself may be implicated, is shattered. And in the process, important sources and important precedent of protecting those sources may be violated by this president who cares little about the national security."