In his second and third tweet of the day, Trump doubled-down his attack against what he sees the biggest threat to his administration, namely the leakers who quickly disclose everything that takes place around the new president to the WaPo, NYT and CNN, and said "Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!" followed by a tweet that "The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!"
Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017
The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017
Trump's tweets were likely in response to news that late on Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Wednesday asked the DOJ's inspector general Michael Horowitz to investigate the intelligence leaks that led to the ousting of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
"Over the last several days, there have been a series of news articles recounting potentially classified national security information," Chaffetz wrote in a letter, also signed by the chair of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). In the letter Chaffetz expressed concern over "potentially classified national security information" circulated in recent news reports leading up to the resignation of the former national security adviser.
"We have serious concerns about the potential protection of classified information here ... the release of classified information can, by definition, have grave effects on national security. In light of this, we request that your office begin an immediate investigation into whether classified information was mishandled here," the lawmakers wrote.
"No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you cannot have classified information migrating out into a non-classified setting," Chaffetz said during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.
"Same with Hillary Clinton, same with Donald Trump, and same with those in the intelligence world or at the Department of Justice who get to see this information," the lawmaker said. "They just can’t hand it out like candy and favors to those in the news media. Can't do it." Chaffetz also said the Oversight Committee won't probe the circumstances surrounding Flynn.
As Politico adds, Chaffetz told reporters on Tuesday, following Flynn's resignation, that he had no plans to have the Oversight Committee investigate Flynn's communications with Russian officials, saying that the situation was "working itself out."
Prior to his Thursday tweets, Donald Trump on Wednesday similarly criticized the information leaks, blasting the media for reporting on Flynn "very unfairly." And just hours before his ouster Flynn himself also denounced the leaks as "criminal" in an interview with the Daily Caller.
“You call them leaks. It’s a criminal act. This is a crime. It’s not just a wink and a nod,” Flynn told the outlet from his White House office Monday. “In some of these cases, you’re talking about stuff that’s taken off of a classified system and given to a reporter. That’s a crime."
Chaffetz' letter below (link)