Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Is the Justice Department Hindering FBI Probe Into Leakers?
People'sPundit Daily by PPDStaff --
When pressed by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is attempting to locate and prosecute officials who illegally leaked classified information to the media, Director James Comey refused to confirm or deny a Bureau investigation.
“I hope people watching know how seriously we take it,” he told Rep. Gowdy, who was less than impressed by his answers. “But I don’t want to confirm it by saying that we’re investigating it.”
In a series of pointed questions, the former prosecutor-turned-congressman elicited information from Director Comey that revealed former Obama Administration officials—including several at the White House—would have had authority to “unmask” former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in information several news organizations published.
“I’m not gonna comment on those particular articles, because I don’t want to in any circumstance compound the criminal act by confirming that it was classified information,” Comey said. “But in general, yes, it’s a serious crime, and it should be.”