Information that was leaked — including telephone conversations between former Gen. Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador — was leaked in violation of federal law. That was the opinion delivered by Joe diGenova, former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, during his appearance with Piers Morgan on “Hannity” Wednesday.
“[P]eople who had authorized access to signals intelligence under the Espionage Act, [including] telephone intercepts, … have given that information in violation of the law to news organizations and other parties who are not authorized to receive them,” he told Fox News host Sean Hannity at about the 5:10 mark.
“Those disclosures … are felonies under the Espionage Act,” he continued. “The attorney general should immediately impanel a grand jury and start subpoenaing the limited number of people who had lawful access to these telephone intercepts.”
It should be noted, it was recently reported that the number of individuals having access to signals intelligence was expanded by then-President Barack Obama during the closing days of his administration.
DiGenova said it would be a simple matter of examining telephone and email records to determine who leaked the information to the press.
He referred to the disclosure of information to media outlets as a coup d’état, because it’s purpose wasn’t “just to de-legitimaze” the president, but was “designed to create the atmosphere for an impeachment and for other legal stratagems to destroy his presidency.”
Immediately after diGenova made this assessment, social media lit up.
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The information leaked to the press included Trump’s telephone conversations with the Mexican president and Australian prime minister, as well as Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
They were all embarrassing to the Trump administration, but it was the latter that led to Flynn’s ouster as Trump’s national security advisor.
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