Chaffetz: Jail individuals leaking information

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, on Sunday said individuals leaking information to the press should go to jail. 

“You cannot have that happen,” Chaffetz told ABC’s “This Week,” referencing the information leaking to the press about President Trump and the probe into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. 

“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 said.

“I don't care who it is, Democrat or Republican, you cannot have that happen. So, not only do you need to wall them off, you probably ought to put handcuffs on them and put them in jail."

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The New York Times last week reported that Trump in a meeting with two Russian officials called former FBI Director James Comey “a nut job” and said his firing eased “great pressure."

"I just fired the head of the FBI He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump reportedly said.

Chaffetz on Sunday said he hoped the report was not true.

“I don’t know if that was said or not said,” Chaffetz said.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain's reset: US-Vietnam relations going strong after 25 years Senate outlook slides for GOP Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) on Sunday echoed Chaffetz's call for leakers to be punished.

"I think it's a violation of the law to leak classified information and therefore, they should be held accountable," McCain told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," calling it a "betrayal of their oaths."

--Olivia Beavers contributed to this report, which was last updated at 11:06 a.m.