House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday that Obama administration holdovers are illegally leaking information to the news media in an effort to damage President.
The chairman’s assessment of the leaks bolstered Mr. Trump’s claim that he is being targeted by unlawful disclosures of classified information.
“We do have people in the last administration, people who have burrowed in, perhaps all throughout the government, who clearly are leaking to the press — and it is against the law,” the California Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“Major laws have been broken.
If you believe the Washington Post story that said there were nine people who said this, well these are nine people who broke the law,” he said. (Source)
Under the previous administration, this entire situation would have been ignored.
Distributing highly confidential information is a felony, look for the prosecution to begin and people heading for jail.
18 U.S. Code § 798 – Disclosure of classified information:
Generally, federal law prescribes a prison sentence of no more than a year and/or a $1,000 fine for officers and employees of the federal government who knowingly remove classified material without the authority to do so and with the intention of keeping that material at an unauthorized location.
Stiffer penalties—fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to 10 years—attach when a federal employee transmits classified information to anyone that the employee has reason to believe is an agent of a foreign government.
A fine and a 10-year prison term also awaits anyone, government employee or not, who publishes, makes available to an unauthorized person, or otherwise uses to the United States’ detriment classified information regarding the codes, cryptography, and communications intelligence utilized by the United States or a foreign government. (Source)
Recording from 11/2/2016 CNN podcast hosted by pro-amnesty, anti-Trump Kevin Madden and pro-amnesty, anti-Trump Mary Katharine Ham (both of whom expected and wanted Hillary to win).
Katie Walsh works for Reince Priebus