Monday, February 20, 2017

Trump orders Justice probe of intel leaks, says Flynn was ‘just doing his job’

 President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A frustrated President Trump said Thursday he’s ordered a Justice Department probe of leaks of classified information, and he defended fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, saying he “did nothing wrong” by talking to a Russian diplomat before the inauguration.

“We are looking into that very seriously,” Mr. Trump said of leaks by U.S. intelligence agencies. “It’s a criminal act. We’ve got to stop it.”

Pressed repeatedly by reporters in a 75-minute news conference on whether any of his aides had been in contact with Russia during the campaign — the subject of another leak this week — the president replied, “None that I know of.”

Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years,” Mr. Trump said.