WH Spokesperson: "Over 60 Leaks in the First Six Months" of Trump Admin. from the Intel Community

by MELANIE HUNTER ARTER July 25, 2017

Incoming White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC's "This Week" Sunday that there have been more than 60 leaks in the first six months of the Trump administration from the intelligence community - far more than other administrations.

Sanders was asked about President Donald Trump's tweet criticizing the leaks from the intel community after a Washington Post report claimed that an intelligence intercept showed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked to the Russian ambassador about the Trump campaign.

"That appears to be a confirmation that the attorney general was talking to the Russian ambassador about the campaign," ABC's George Stephanopolous said.

"I don't think so at all, George. I completely disagree. I think the president's point is that there's a real problem with leaks, whether they're actual leaks or not," Sanders said. "There's an issue that there are constant stories, sometimes true, sometimes not, that are being leaked out of the intelligence community.

"We've had over 60 leaks in the first six months from the intelligence community when the other administrations previous to us were in the single digits after the entire time. This is a real problem. There are people are putting our national security at risk, and I think that is one of the most undertold stories so far in the first six months of this administration," Sanders said.

She said there's "a ton of focus" on what she calls "Russia fever, which is a total made-up story about the president" to undermine the legitimacy of his election victory.

"And we need to focus on these leaks. This is the only illegal thing that has taken place, and it's a real serious problem," Sanders said.

Courtesy of CNSNews.com 

Melanie has been with CNSNews.com since November 2000 as an evening editor responsible for writing, editing and posting stories to the website. She was promoted to deputy managing editor in 2002, overseeing the radio production department in addition to her daily editing duties. Prior to working at CNSNews.com, Melanie served as news director for WKYS-FM, one of Washington, D.C.'s top-rated radio stations. Ms. Hunter also worked as a traffic reporter for Shadow Broadcasting in the nation's capital and prior to that, as a news anchor/reporter for WAMO-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her television experience was obtained at several Washington, D.C. stations. She worked for America's Most Wanted at Fox affiliate WTTG, the Creative Services Department of WUSA-TV and the Evening Exchange on WHUT-TV. She holds a bachelor's degree in television production from Howard University.


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