'Daily Show' resurfaces GOP tweets on mishandling classified info.

'Daily Show' resurfaces GOP tweets on mishandling classified info.

"The Daily Show" took to social media on Monday evening, digging up and tweeting a flurry of messages from Republicans criticizing Democrats for their handling of classified information. 

The handle retweeted prominent GOP figures' earlier tweets while adding, word by word, its own commentary.

"How many times will we find Republicans criticizing the exact thing Trump is doing?" the tweets ask.

The Washington Post broke news Monday evening that the president disclosed highly classified information about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to top Russian diplomats in a meeting last week. 

A U.S. official with knowledge of the meeting told the newspaper that Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”


The first "Daily Show" post included a tweet by then-presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE slamming his opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton3 ways government can help clean up Twitter Intelligence Democrat: Stop using 'quid pro quo' to describe Trump allegations The Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats MORE, for being "extremely careless" for how she allegedly handled highly classified information on a private email server while she was secretary of State.



It then retweeted a recently resurfaced 2016 tweet from House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.) in which the congressman said individuals who are "careless" with classified information should be "denied" further access to such data.


That was followed by a message from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Priebus, who at the time served as the head of the Republican National Committee, pointed to the consequences individuals with top security clearance have faced after mishandling classified documents. His tweet at the time likely was a jab at Clinton for not facing any charges after the investigation into her email use concluded.


A tweet by Sen. John CornynJohn CornynFalling investment revives attacks against Trump's tax cuts GOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says Dems shouldn't hold public hearings MORE (R-Texas) joined the flurry when he denounced government leaks, saying it affects American people too. Cornyn's remarks came a day after Trump acknowledged the leaks in a lengthy press conference in February. 

"The leaks are real, the news is fake," the president said at the time, having warned earlier that leakers would "pay a big price."



Other Republican lawmakers such as Reps. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyConway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Why the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MORE (R-S.C.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and former GOP presidential contenders like Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump has officially appointed one in four circuit court judges On The Money: Retirement savings bill blocked in Senate after fight over amendments | Stopgap bill may set up December spending fight | Hardwood industry pleads for relief from Trump trade war Retirement bill blocked in Senate amid fight over amendments MORE (R-Texas), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues MORE (R-Fla.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSunday shows — New impeachment phase dominates Rand Paul says Trump has 'every right' to withhold Ukraine aid over corruption Paul dismisses Bevin loss, touts 'red wave' in other Kentucky races MORE (R-Ky.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up. There's nothing there' Rand Paul says Trump has 'every right' to withhold Ukraine aid over corruption MORE (R-S.C.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), and others also tweeted critical statements about Clinton's mishandling of classified documents, with some suggesting that she deserved to be prosecuting for mishandling the files and others indicating that her actions prove she is not qualified to be president.


The last tweet, in a 15 tweet-long storm, was a message from White House press secretary Sean Spicer questioning whether Clinton could protect the country as a result of violating the State Department's rules about handling classified information.