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Trey Gowdy is absolutely enraged at these leaks from his briefing

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) decried the leaks that came from a closed briefing of the House Intelligence Committee. Image Source: YouTube screenshot.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) angrily decried the leaks that came from a closed briefing of the House Intelligence Committee with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. He made the comments to Erin Burnett on CNN Thursday.

"What I found out, Erin," Gowdy said, "is that about eight hours ago Adam Schiff and I look at Dan Coates in the eye and we assured him that there would be no selective leaking of his testimony to us."

"And I'll be damned if eight hours later," he said angrily, "there aren't three different leaks with what he told us."

"So if anyone is questioning why congressional investigations aren't taken seriously and are viewed as political exercises," he continued, "you need look no further than the fact that we looked one of our intelligence officials in the eyes and promised him there would be no selective leaking, and here I am being asked about it not even eight hours later."

"So congressman, who leaked it?" Burnett asked. "Was it Coates, was it Schiff? Was there anyone else in the room than the three of you?"

"I can tell you who it was not," he responded. "Oh no. There were eight people in the room. I can tell you who it was not. It was not me, and I do not believe it was Adam Schiff. He's a former federal prosecutor who knows that leaks undercut the efficacy and integrity of investigations."

"I can't tell you who it was," he concluded, "but I can tell you this - you're going to have a chilling effect on other witnesses who want to share classified, sensitive information when it makes its way to the headlines before the transcripts even dry!"

One of the major leaks out of the briefing came to CNN from congressional sources who said that DNI Coats testified that the president asked him to publicly refute accusations of collusion with the Russians. Another leaked report said simply that Coats thought Trump was obsessed with the Russian probe.

Trump has consistently denied the allegations of Russian collusion in public and on his Twitter account.

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