WH: ‘If Anyone Is Publishing or Putting Out Classified Information, It’s Members of the Press, Not the White House’

Melanie Arter | February 12, 2018 | 5:23pm EST
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Monday accused the media of publishing classified information and putting the country’s national security at risk.

When asked whether the White House could guarantee that it is protecting classified information, given that someone like White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who resigned after allegations of domestic violence surfaced, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “I think we’re doing and taking every step we can to protect classified information.

“I mean frankly if you guys have such concern with classified information, there’s plenty of it that’s leaked out of the Hill, that’s leaked out of communities well beyond the White House walls.  If you guys have real concerns about leaking out classified information, look around this room. You guys are the ones that publish classified information and put national security at risk. That doesn’t come from this White House,” she said.

“We take every precaution possible to protect classified information and certainly to protect national security. It’s the president’s number one priority is protecting the citizens of this country. It’s why we spend every single day doing everything we can to do that, and I think if anyone is publishing or putting out classified information, it’s members of the press, not the White House,” Sanders said.

Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts said the allegations against Porter made him a prime candidate for blackmail and that any responsible person at the FBI would go to the White House and say that Porter would likely never get a permanent security clearance.

When asked whether that concern was ever raised to anyone at the White House, Sanders said, “As I know [WH Deputy Press Secretary] Raj [Shah] addressed last week, we let the process play out. It was ongoing, hadn’t been completed, and beyond that and the statement I just gave, I don’t have anything else to add.”

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