As reported by CNBC
President Donald Trump said Sunday he did not brief House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top congressional leaders on the raid that resulted in the death Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi due to concern information would leak and put people’s lives at risk.
“We were going to notify them last night but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before,” Trump said. “There’s nothing — there’s no country in the world that leaks like we do. And Washington is a leaking machine. And I told my people we will not notify them until the — our great people are out. Not just in, but out. I don’t want to have them greeted with firepower like you wouldn’t believe.”
Trump did speak with Republican Senators Richard Burr and Lindsay Graham. Trump said Graham has “been very much involved in this subject” and that he spoke with Burr Sunday morning.
House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he and the so-called Gang of 8 were not briefed on the raid. The Gang of 8 is a group of top congressional leaders that the executive branch briefs on classified intelligence.
“In terms of notifying the Gang of 8, that wasn’t done,” Schiff told ABC’s “This Week.” Sen. Burr, whom Trump spoke with Sunday, is a member of the group.
In addition to Schiff and Burr, the group includes Devin Nunes, R-Calif.; Mark Warner, D-Virginia; Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky and Chuck Schumer, D-New York.
In a statement published on the House Speaker’s website, Pelosi saluted “the heroism, dedication and skill of our military and our intelligence professionals,” but she said the president must brief congressional leadership on the raid.