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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 ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller 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 GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteBottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself 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 Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit More than half of eligible Latinos voted in 2020, setting record Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows MORE, same with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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.