On this week’s “Fox News Sunday,” Rep Peter Schiff (D-CA) discussed the unclassified letter written by Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III, who was nominated by Barack Obama in August 2011, and warned the inspector general was risking “his reputation,” adding he should be “very careful.”
Partial transcript as follows (relevant portion at 6:00-mark):
SCHIFF: Well, I would say this, Chris, you’ve got several Republican chairs who are actively campaigning against Hillary Clinton and doing investigations of her at the same time. One of which went to a —
WALLACE: Charles McCullough isn’t. He was a — he was an Obama appointee.
SCHIFF: No, no, no. No, let me finish. One of which went to a Trump rally and said his purpose is to defeat Hillary Clinton. These are people who are conducting investigation in Congress of the secretary during the presidential campaign. So I think the inspector general has to be very careful not allow — not to allow him to be used by one political party against another during the presidential race. And I think the inspector general had to know or should know that when you put an unclassified form letter, you have to reasonably expect it’s going to be leaked. And that letter, I have to say, was gratuitous in the information it included. It could have transmitted the information from the intelligence community without commentary in it. But by putting that commentary in it, knowing it’s going to be leaked, I think the inspector general does risk his reputation. And once you lose that as inspector general, you’re not much good to anyone. So I think the inspector general has to be very careful here.
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