Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) on Sunday refused to apologize per the White House's request for saying that they leaked sensitive intelligence about the Christmas Day bomber.

Bond said that the White House owes an apology for putting the investigation of the attempted terror attack in jeopardy.


"I'm sorry, but when the White House discloses sensitive information that will compromise intelligence, they are the ones that owe the people of America and the intelligence community an apology," the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence committee said Sunday.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs this week called on Bond to apologize "to the law enforcement community and those that work in this building" for alleging the White House had leaked classified information about its Flight 253 investigation.

None of that information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's recent cooperation with investigators was classified, Gibbs assured reporters during Thursday's press briefing.

"I think anybody that was involved in knowing in the Senate Intelligence Committee what was briefed and what was reported would know that that wasn't violated," Gibbs said.

The spat between the White House and Sen. Bond follows news from this week's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that Abdulmutallab was cooperating with investigators, now that he has spoken with his family.

In a letter to Obama Thursday, Bond said he was deeply disturbed by the administration's recent disclosure that the Christmas Day bomber was again providing critical information to interrogators.

He said the FBI informed the leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee Monday afternoon about Abdulmutallab’s recent willingness to talk to investigators and stressed the importance of not disclosing his cooperation “in order to protect ongoing and follow-on operations to neutralize additional threats to the American public,” Bond wrote.

“FBI Director Bob Mueller personally stressed to me that keeping the fact of his cooperation quiet was vital to preventing future attacks against the United States,” Bond said. “Handling this information in such a sensitive manner struck me as entirely appropriate.”

But 24 hours later, the administration leaked it to the media, Bond charged. 

Tony Romm and Susan Crabtree contributed to this report