(CNSNews.com) – “Who has leaked classified information?” House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) asked at Monday’s hearing on Russian influence in the U.S. election. He urged whistleblowers to “come forward and speak to the committee.”
In his opening statement, Nunes raised three questions:
-- What actions did Russia undertake against the United States during the 2016 election campaign, and did anyone from a political campaign conspire in these activities?
-- Were the communications of officials or associates of any campaign subject to any kind of improper surveillance?
-- Who has leaked classified information?
According to Nunes:
Numerous current and former officials have leaked purportedly classified information in connection to these questions. We aim to determine who has leaked or facilitated leaks of classified information so that these individuals can be brought to justice.
I hope that this Committee’s bipartisan investigation will result in a definitive report on the Russian actions taken during the election campaign.
To that end, we encourage anyone who has information about these topics to come forward and speak to the Committee. I again thank the witnesses for helping to shed light on these issues.
In his opening statement, FBI Director James Comey also discussed leaks of classified information.
He told the committee:
“Leaks of classified information are serious, serious federal crimes for a reason. They should be investigated and where possible, prosecuted in a way that reflects that seriousness, so that people understand it simply cannot be tolerated.”
Comey also confirmed that the FBI, as part of its counter-intelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
“And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
Comey said the investigation will include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.