All the times Trump railed on Twitter about leaks of classified information

Dylan Stableford
Senior Editor

President Trump is under fire in the wake of a Washington Post report that he revealed highly classified information during his meeting with Russian officials in the Oval Office last week.

Yet both as a candidate and commander-in-chief, Trump has routinely criticized others for divulging restricted information.

In July, following then-FBI Director James Comey’s conclusion that Hillary Clinton and her State Department staffers “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Trump branded the Democratic nominee as “unfit” for the presidency.


 

In October, Trump fumed that Clinton, who at the time was leading him in the polls, nor anyone in her campaign had been charged with a crime.


 

In January, then-President-elect Trump assailed those within the U.S. government for sharing a report detailing alleged Russian hacking of top Democratic officials during the 2016 election, and demanded a congressional investigation.



 

In February, amid new reports of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, the president tweeted that the “real scandal” wasn’t those reported ties but that “classified information” about them was being “given out … like candy.”


 

A day later, Trump called on the New York Times and other media outlets to apologize for publishing “illegal classified” leaks.


 

Later that month, after reports that Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked the FBI to push back against stories alleging the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin, the president ripped the bureau for failing to stop the leaks.

“Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S.,” Trump tweeted. “FIND NOW.”



 

In early March, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Trump tweeted the “real story” was “all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information.” The president also called the focus on his campaign’s ties to Moscow a “witch hunt.”





 

On March 20, Trump lashed out over the ongoing Russia probe, demanding the “leaker” of classified information be found.


Last week, hours before former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified before a Senate subcommittee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Trump suggested the panel ask Yates “if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.”


 

And on Tuesday, after defending his “absolute right” to share intelligence with Russian officials, Trump again raised the issues of “leakers” within the intelligence community.


 

Trump’s not the only one in Washington who has a history of ripping rivals over their handling of U.S. intelligence.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” documented the hypocrisy of Republicans—including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio—who were quick to criticize Clinton but did not immediately do the same to Trump.


 

CNN conservative commentator Ana Navarro argued that had Hillary Clinton divulged classified information as president, Republicans would be “drafting Articles of Impeachment.”



 

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