Trump: FBI ‘totally unable’ to stop leaks

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE on Friday ripped the FBI as "totally unable" to stop leaks within its own ranks, ordering the agency on Twitter to "find now" sources within the government who are speaking to the press.

The tweets come one day after reports emerged that the FBI rejected a White House request to dispute media accounts of regular contact between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian intelligence officials.


"Multiple U.S. officials briefed on the matter" told CNN that the agency declined to publicly corroborate White House chief of staff Reince Priebus's claim that reports of ties between Trump's team and Moscow were "total baloney." 

Trump has sparred openly with the U.S. intelligence community since its assertion that Russia interfered in last year's election with the intention of helping him win. 

Since his inauguration, Trump has specifically turned his anger on intelligence leaks to the "fake news media." 

"The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake," Trump told reporters during a lengthy, at times argumentative White House press conference last week. "Over the course of time I'll make mistakes and you'll write badly and I'm OK with that. I'm not OK when it's fake."