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Rep. Zeldin Slams Dems for Intel Committee Testimony Leaks

(Fox News' "Fox & Friends")

By    |   Thursday, 08 Mar 2018 11:39 AM

Rep. Lee Zeldin Thursday chastised Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee for leaking testimony they'd heard behind closed doors, saying it's having a "chilling effect" on congressional investigations.

"You go testify, thinking that there is going to be a transcript after the fact, you'll have a chance to review it," the New York Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. 

"You go spend several hours testifying and then one question is spun by [Rep.] Adam Schiff and his House Intel Committee [Democrats]. They go to the media. They are quoted as anonymous sources."

Leaks were happening while Donald Trump Jr. testified, and again when Hope Hicks, who resigned her job as White House communications director the day after she testified, said Zeldin.

"It has a chilling effect on the House Intel Committee, really all of Congress," said Zeldin. "Why should someone come to testify if in the middle of their testimony this kind of or afterwards improperly this stuff is going to come out?"

Show co-host Brian Kilmeade commented that it is "hard to imagine" that Schiff is not "being behind it or directly responsible."

Zeldin also commented on news that the Republican Jewish Coalition is calling on seven House Democrats to resign over their ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, following a recent speech he gave that was full of anti-Semitic remarks.

According to The Hill, on Monday, the lobbying group called on Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota; Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters of California, Danny Davis of Illinois, Andre Carson of Indiana, and Gregory Meeks of New York. 

"They would throw me so far out of Congress if I sat down with someone like this," said Zeldin. "It is so hypocritical. Farrakhan has been accurately referred to as the leading anti-Semite in this country. That is absolutely true.

"Farrakhan calls Jews the enemy of the people. He says Jews aren't really Jews that they are actually Satan. He has blamed Jews for 9/11. It's Not just being anti-Semitic.

"He has targeted race where he says what good does it do to have a brilliant head not connected to a black body? So, it's disgusting. No place in Congress. They shouldn't be associated with this. They should be disavowing it."

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