President Donald Trump has lashed out at the intelligence community for leaking information to the media regarding the circumstances that led to the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
In an all-out attack on social media on Wednesday, Trump accused members of the intelligence community of illegally giving information to the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Trump also bashed CNN and MSNBC as "fake news media" and claimed the networks are "going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred."
The president's comments about leaks come after the media cited anonymous sources in reports on Flynn's conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. while he was still a private citizen.
The conversations reportedly involved sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration, although Flynn has denied that sanctions were discussed.
"The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by 'intelligence' like candy," Trump tweeted. "Very un-American!"
Trump claimed the reports of ties to Russia are "merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign."
Meanwhile, prominent Republican lawmakers have joined calls for a wide investigation into the circumstances that led Flynn's resignation.
by RTT Staff Writer
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