Democratic leader Rep. Adam Schiff of California was criticized by many on social media after his apparently contradictory tweets on declassification of the Russian investigation were discovered.
Schiff, a vehement opponent of President Donald Trump, denounced the memorandum issued by the president on Thursday giving full declassification power to U.S. Attorney General William Barr on the documents that led to the Russian investigation.
"While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies," Schiff tweeted.
While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspir… https://t.co/tWDx1qrwIU— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff)1558663020.0
"The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase," he added. "This is un-American."
But online sleuths almost instantly discovered a previous tweet where Schiff appeared to support the declassification of all documents related to the Russian investigation. And, he cited Trump's reticence against it as evidence of wrongdoing.
"President Obama can and must declassify as much as possible about Russia hacking our elections. Rest assured, Trump won't," he tweeted in 2016.
President Obama can and must declassify as much as possible about Russia hacking our elections. Rest assured, Trump… https://t.co/LZBdNVaxBI— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff)1482012647.0
The president and his allies have alleged that the investigation in Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign was begun under dubious evidence and motivated by political partisanship.
Here's the latest on the declassification debacle:
Trump gives Barr sweeping power to declassify intel related to Russia probe www.youtube.com