President Donald Trump half-jokingly predicted Monday that House Democrats would impeach him for not letting them know beforehand about the operation against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“Can you believe that Shifty Adam Schiff, the biggest leaker in D.C., and a corrupt politician, is upset that we didn’t inform him before we raided and killed the #1 terrorist in the WORLD!?” he wrote. “Wouldn’t be surprised if the Do Nothing Democrats Impeach me over that! DRAIN THE SWAMP!!”
Can you believe that Shifty Adam Schiff, the biggest leaker in D.C., and a corrupt politician, is upset that we didn’t inform him before we raided and killed the #1 terrorist in the WORLD!? Wouldn’t be surprised if the Do Nothing Democrats Impeach me over that! DRAIN THE SWAMP!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019
After the president announced al-Baghdadi’s death in a speech Sunday morning, numerous Democrats took to complaining about the operation’s execution, including House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff.
Their beef was that Trump had purposefully chosen to not inform them beforehand that U.S. troops were on the verge of taking out the notorious terrorist leader.
“In terms of notifying the Gang of Eight, that wasn’t done,” Schiff lamented to ABC News host Martha Raddatz. “Look, the reason to notify the Gang of Eight is frankly more important when things go wrong. …”
The “Gang of Eight” refers to eight top congressional Democrats: the four leaders of the House and Senate’s intelligence committees (which in this case includes Schiff), plus the House Speaker, the House minority leader, the Senate majority leader, and the Senate minority leader.
“[H]ad this escalated, had something gone wrong, had we gotten into a firefight with the Russians, it’s to the administration’s advantage to be able to say, ‘We informed Congress we were going in, they were aware of the risks. We at least gave them the chance to provide feedback.,'” the congressman continued. “That wasn’t done here. I think that’s a mistake.”
(Source: ABC News)
During his announcement Sunday, the president explained why he chose not to inform congressional leaders of the raid beforehand.
“We were going to notify them last night, but we decided not to do that because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before,” he said. “There’s no country in the world that leaks like we do, and Washington is a leaking machine.”
“I told my people we will not notify them until our great people are out—not just in but out. I don’t want to have men lost and women. I don’t want to have people lost,” he said, adding that a “leak could have caused the death of all of them.”
Good job @realDonaldTrump
“We were going to notify them last night, but we decided not to do that, because Washington leaks like I’ve never seen before…Washington is a leaking machine.” pic.twitter.com/Zgtj56fbLI
— Joel Fischer (@JFNYC1) October 27, 2019
Other Democrats joined him in complaining about the president and seemingly pooh-poohing his otherwise successful handling of the operation in one way or another:
Self-promotion and bravado are no substitute for an effective strategy.
The killing of al-Baghdadi is a positive development in the fight against global terror but without continued pressure ISIS will regroup. We can’t allow that to happen. pic.twitter.com/Vzb9n4RH5S
— Anthony Brown (@RepAnthonyBrown) October 28, 2019
Trump wants to take full credit for the success of the Al-Baghdadi raid, but this mission wouldn’t have been a success without the intelligence community and our Kurdish allies, both of whom Trump has repeatedly denigrated. #Syria #TrumpBetrayedTheKurds pic.twitter.com/G4FE8jBK5H
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) October 28, 2019
Apparently the Trump Administration briefed the Russians about the al-Baghdadi raid, but not Congress. How is this acceptable for our democracy?
We can’t take our eye off the ball. The big picture is still our fight against ISIS. We should all be united in this fight.
— Rep. David Trone (@RepDavidTrone) October 27, 2019
The death of #Baghdadi does not mean that ISIS is defeated – Trump is trying to promote his own “Mission Accomplished” storyline, and we know how that turns out. Our mission is not over and we must continue efforts to combat terrorism at home and abroad.
— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) October 27, 2019
The death of al-Baghdadi is significant, but it does not mean the death of ISIS. @realDonaldTrump must present the American people with a clear strategy to confront ISIS.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 27, 2019
The President has abandoned the same allies who made this weekend’s raid a possibility. We know al-Baghdadi’s death does not mean the end of ISIS. Unfortunately, it’s likely the President has made it harder for us to fight ISIS by betraying the Kurds and withdrawing our forces. https://t.co/f60eSwJ7Cd
— Mike Quigley (@RepMikeQuigley) October 28, 2019
The idea of letting bygones be bygones for a single moment in time and praising the president and his administration for a job well done was simply beyond them, it seems.
What’s curious about the president’s response to all this is what happened only minutes after he posted his tweet at 5:22 pm early Monday evening.
At exactly 5:29 pm, Pelosi confirmed via a tweet that House Democrats would be voting this week to make their secretive impeachment inquiry against the president official.
Two minutes later, Schiff posted his own confirmation.
The House has been following the facts and the evidence has only made the President’s own words on his call more appalling. This resolution will set up the structure for the next phase where the American people can hear those facts for themselves in open hearings. #TruthExposed pic.twitter.com/PSOBzm71BQ
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 28, 2019
This week, we’re voting to establish the format for open hearings that will be conducted as part of the impeachment inquiry.
The American people will hear firsthand about the President’s misconduct.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 28, 2019
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