President Donald Trump attacked a list of senior figures in the intelligence community as “liars and leakers”, chief among them the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Adam Schiff.
A prominent critic of the administration, Schiff opposed the release last week of a controversial memo, written by Republicans on the panel, about investigations into ties between Trump aides and Russia.
“Little Adam Schiff,” the president tweeted, “who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!
“Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!”
Schiff responded, tweeting: “Mr President, I see you’ve had a busy morning of ‘Executive Time’. Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or … really anything else.”
Trump had earlier tweeted an erroneous claim about the British National Health Service and praise of the Fox News morning show Fox and Friends, which had aired an interview with former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.
The other figures Trump derided as “liars and leakers” have all either taken part in the investigation or criticised Trump regarding his conduct toward the intelligence community.