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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 ChaffetzFox News contributor mocks Elizabeth Warren with photo at Disneyland Eric Trump blasts professor at alma mater Georgetown: ‘A terrible representative for our school’ Matt Schlapp: Trump's policies on Russia 'two or three times tougher than anything' under Obama 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 GoodlatteRosenstein to appear for House interview next week Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein 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 ClintonSanders thanks Iowa voters for giving momentum to progressive agenda Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Arizona newspaper backs Democrat in dead heat Senate race MORE, same with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' 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.