President Donald Trump’s eldest son is demanding an investigation into the leak to CNN of “wildly inaccurate” information from his House Intelligence Committee interview.
Donald Trump Jr. asked a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday to look into who may have leaked information about his Dec. 6 interview, The Daily Caller reported.
“To maintain the credibility of the investigation, this committee should determine whether any member or staff member violated the rules by leaking information to the media concerning the interview or by purposely providing inaccurate information which led to significant misreporting,” Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan Futerfas, wrote to Rep. Michael Conaway.
Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the committee’s Russia investigation, was asked to investigate comments in the media from committee members and staff. Citing tweets from CNN reporter Manu Raju and CNN contributor April Ryan as well as articles by Raju and Jeremy Herb, Futerfas slammed CNN in particular for a false report suggesting that Trump Jr. was able to access documents damaging to Hillary Clinton before they were made public.
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“The public release of confidential non-public information by Committee members continued unabated” for 24 hours following the closed-door interview with committee members last week, according to the attorney. Members and staffers began “selectively leaking information” even before the interview ended, he stated in the letter, pointing to three panel members, all Democrats, including California Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the highest-ranking minority member of the panel.
Futerfas and Trump Jr. were told that the meeting “would be kept strictly confidential and not discussed publicly unless and until the full committee voted to release the transcript.”
But the committee “began disseminating wildly inaccurate information,” he said, adding that the comments were so “sufficiently brazen” that Republican staff members of the committee notified him the next day that Trump Jr. was not bound by his confidentiality obligations.
“These disturbing circumstances warrant examination,” Futerfas wrote. “This committee should determine whether any member or staff member violated the Rules by leaking information to the media concerning the interview or by purposely providing inaccurate information which led to significant misreporting.”
Trump Jr. is set to be back on Capitol Hill for another closed-door session with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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