Republican senator gives up the game, claims debunking Trump’s lies is leak of ‘classified info’

John Cornyn accidentally revealed the cynical game Trump’s Republican supporters are playing.

trump and cornyn earlier this year. (CREDIT: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
trump and cornyn earlier this year. (CREDIT: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Following Thursday’s meetings about documents related to the ongoing criminal investigation of the Trump campaign — ones where Trump’s lawyer and chief of staff made highly unusual appearances — House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-CA) released a statement saying no evidence was presented supporting President Trump’s assertions about FBI spies being embedded in his campaign.


A short time later, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) accidentally gave away the cynical game Trump’s Republican supporters are playing. In a tweet, Cornyn accused Schiff of leaking classified information by attempting to debunk Trump’s lies.

“Isn’t this a leak of classified information?” Cornyn wrote, in response to Schiff’s statement.

Steven Dennis of Bloomberg responded to Cornyn by asking, “How can it be classified info if there was no such info?” But Cornyn dismissed the question, characterizing Schiff’s statement as “Spin based on classified information. Still classified.”

Cornyn’s tweets give a window into one possible end game of Trump’s fake “spygate” scandal. Trump has falsified quotes and made baseless accusations in an effort to get people to believe that James Comey’s FBI planted spies in his campaign. While the president has provided no evidence that there’s any merit to his accusations, Fox News has amplified them as though they are facts, while the president’s Republican allies in Congress refuse to rebuke the president by correcting the record. Trump then repeats his lies in hopes of giving them more credibility.

Trump is undeterred, embellishing his false claims further this morning. He tweeted that the “spy” was placed in the campaign by the Democratic party for “the sole purpose of political advantage.”

Now, the second-ranking Senate Republican is claiming debunking Trump’s lies represents a leak of classified information. The hope seems to be that by silencing the truth, Trump can continue to present an alternative reality, muddying the waters of public debate.