Rove: Intelligence Leaks Are 'Political Payback'
Following the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers are pushing for an investigation into the "illegal leaks" that revealed Flynn's discussions with a Russian diplomat and other sensitive details from inside the administration.
Karl Rove told Bill Hemmer today that the leaks are "political payback," potentially from Obama administration holdovers or intelligence officials who are upset about Trump's criticism of the intelligence community.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
"That's revenge, and that has no role in our system," Rove said.
He explained that these leaks could be "poisonous" to the already strained relationship between Trump and the intelligence community.
"What if this is being done by some former Obama administration official, and we never find out it was them, but we think it might be somebody in the intelligence community?" Rove said. "That really poisons the relationship the president needs to have with the intelligence community."
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