President Donald Trump isn’t the only one worried about leaks coming from the federal government these days: House Speaker Paul Ryan says it could compromise national security.
During his weekly news conference Thursday, Ryan told reporters that he is concerned about classified information being shared with the media, calling it a crime.
“What I do worry about though is if classified information is being leaked. That is criminal,” Ryan said in response to a question from a reporter.
“If it’s classified information, that is criminal and there should be a criminal investigation,” Ryan said. “That does compromise our national security.”
President Trump has been responding to reports that his presidential campaign had frequent contacts with members of Russian intelligence by slamming the media and threatening to root out leakers.
“The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!” he tweeted early this morning.
Anonymous officials, cited by the New York Times and CNN in those reports, may have also figured into the eventual resignation of Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The Washington Post reported Monday that the Justice Department had warned the White House weeks ago that Flynn had not been forthright about his pre-inauguration conversations with a Russian official. Flynn resigned Monday night.
Trump on Wednesday said at a news conference that Flynn had been treated “very, very unfairly” by the media.