Trump Slams Intelligence Leaks: They Are a Criminal Act
As the fallout over the resignation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn continues, President Donald Trump is accusing the intelligence community of leaking damaging information to media for political purposes.
"From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked. It's a criminal action, criminal act, and it's been going on for a long time. Before me. But now it's really going on, Trump said. "People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton."
"I think the way it was very unfair the way General Flynn was treated and the documents that were illegally, I stress that, illegally illegally leaked. Very very unfair," Trump continued.
Flynn resigned earlier this week after giving what he called incomplete information to Vice President-elect Mike Pence about the content of his phone calls with the Russian Ambassador in December.
Yesterday White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer argued the resignation came after an irreconcilable breach of trust.
"We got to a point not based on a legal issue, but based on a trust issue with a level of trust between the president and General Flynn had eroded to the point where he felt he had to make a change. The president was very concerned that General Flynn had misled the vice president and others," Spicer said. "The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn's resignation."
The White House has not responded to follow-up questions about what the "series of other questionable instances" were.