Chaffetz asks DOJ inspector general to investigate Flynn leaks

Chaffetz asks DOJ inspector general to investigate Flynn leaks
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House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz: Money 'partly' responsible for decision to leave Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report Chaffetz to join Fox News as a contributor MORE (R-Utah) on Wednesday asked the Department of Justice inspector general to investigate the intelligence leaks that led to the ousting of national security adviser 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 chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteDems will press for no votes on 'Kate's Law' –– but not too hard Chaffetz calls for ,500 legislator housing stipend This week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote MORE (R-Va.).

"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.

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Anonymous officials told news outlets that Flynn had spoken with the Russian ambassador about sanctions before Trump was sworn into office and misled White House officials including Vice President Pence about their conversations. He resigned on Monday. 

In the wake of his resignation, Trump has trained his focus on the leaks, writing on Twitter: "The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by 'intelligence' like candy. Very un-American!"

"No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you cannot have classified information migrating out into a nonclassified setting," Chaffetz said during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

"Same with Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJeff Bridges: ‘I’m rooting’ for Trump as a human being Leading Pelosi critic Moulton once penned effusive praise for her: report Dems land top recruit for Ros-Lehtinen's Florida district MORE, same with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats target Trump's border wall in defense bill debate Obama ethics czar: Trump fundraiser at his DC hotel ‘illegal’ Trump trolling of Comey — Not presidential MORE, 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 said the Oversight Committee won't probe the circumstances surrounding Flynn.