Chaffetz on leakers: 'I want people in handcuffs'

Chaffetz on leakers: 'I want people in handcuffs'
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Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTucker Carlson: Ruling class cares more about foreigners than their own people Fox's Kennedy chides Chaffetz on child migrants: 'I’m sure these mini rapists all have bombs strapped to their chests' After FBI cleared by IG report, GOP must reform itself MORE (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, on Monday repeated his call for individuals leaking classified information to the public or press to be jailed, saying he wants to see these “people behind bars.”

“They have got to get after these leaks,” Chaffetz told host Martha MacCallum on Fox’s “The Story.” “I want people in handcuffs and I want to see people behind bars.”

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Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is retiring from Congress at the end of the month. For now, he oversees a congressional committee investigating Russia’s election meddling and said leaking intel is a bipartisan matter.

“I don't care if you're Republican or Democrat, doesn't what administration. When you have classified information, you cannot put that out there just because you think it would be a good idea,” he added.

The Department of Justice announced Monday it is charging Reality Leigh Winner, a federal government contractor with top security clearance, for leaking classified materials to a news outlet.

NBC News reported that Winner provided The Intercept with National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence reporting that the Russian intelligence officials launched a cyberattack in 2016 against a voting software company.
 
Winner allegedly “printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting" last month, "which contained classified national defense information” before mailing the materials to an unnamed online news outlet a few days later, according to prosecutors.

The Republican lawmaker has previously called for individuals leaking information to the press to be jailed.

“I want to see that this person is prosecuted. I think the president makes a very good point. No matter who is in the White House, you cannot have the type of leaking of information, sources, methods, classified information,” Chaffetz told ABC’s “This Week” last month.

The Utah lawmaker announced he will be resigning from Congress at the end of June.