President Donald Trump wants Congress to investigate the ‘pervasive’ leaking going on in his administration.
The White House said Monday that Trump wants the House Intelligence Committee to look at the leaking of classified information in addition to his charges that President Barack Obama wiretapped him.
Details of Trump’s calls with foreign leaders have been passed out, as has information about FBI conversations, surveillance and potential investigations.
So furious has the president been, he last month unloaded on news outlets for publishing sensitive information.
The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump wants the House Intelligence Committee to investigate the ‘pervasive’ leaking going on in his administration, in addition to his charges that President Barack Obama wiretapped him. Pictured: Trump on March 3
The president warned leakers that his administration would not put up with the ‘criminal’ activity and said DOJ would be looking into it ‘very seriously.’ He tweeted on February 16: ‘The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!’
Trump vowed to catch leakers within the intelligence community and his administration at a news conference where he also revealed that he had talked to the Department of Justice.
The president warned leakers that his administration would not put up with the ‘criminal’ activity and said DOJ would be looking into it ‘very seriously.’
‘The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!’ he proclaimed in a tweet.
Trump’s complaints followed a stream of reports about White House infighting.
A series of disclosures about the activities of his national security advisor also led to the downfall Mike Flynn, who quit his post after revelations about his Russia contacts that were based on intercepted communications.
A New York Times report that week had accused Trump’s campaign of having constant contact with Russian officials before the election.
Infuriated, Trump asked journalists at the February 16 press conference, ‘What happens when I’m dealing with the problems in the Middle East?
‘Are you folks going to be reporting all of that very, very confidential information, very important, very, you know, I mean at the highest level?’
This afternoon the White House said it had asked the House’s Intelligence Community to identify the source of the leaks as it filters through charges that Russian officials engineered hacks that were meant to disrupt the U.S. election.
Sean Spicer said he was taking the leaking on today as he took reporters’ questions at an off-camera briefing. Pictured: Spicer on March 6
Yesterday Trump asked Congress to review his claims that Barack Obama’s administration wiretapped him in the course of the Justice Department’s alleged probes into claims that have been made about his campaign and the Russians.
Sean Spicer said he was taking the leaking on today as he took reporters’ questions at an off-camera briefing.
‘He wants Congress to look into this…I’ve spoken to the president again today. He would ask that they additionally look into this issue of leaks of classified and other information coming from the government,’ Spicer said.
‘He believes that it undermines our national security and that Congress, the intelligence community and Congress, using their oversight authority, look into these pervasive leaks of national security of classified information.’
The Trump spokesman said the president doesn’t like leaks that embarrass his administration, but his main concern is information sharing that could damage national security. That includes his private discussions with world leaders.
‘There is obviously information that affect national security that has been leaked out that concerns him.’