Trump: 'The Real Scandal' Is Intelligence Leaks Being Given Out 'Like Candy'

By Susan Jones | February 15, 2017 | 10:54am EST
In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and other aides, speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

( - In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump addressed the controversy surrounding the ouster of Gen. Michael Flynn for misleading Vice President Pence about what he said in a Dec. 29 phone call to the Russian ambassador.

"The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by 'intelligence' like candy. Very un-American!" Trump tweeted.

And there were four other tweets before that one, as follows:

-- "Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia?"

-- "Thank you to Eli Lake of The Bloomberg View - "The NSA & FBI...should not interfere in our politics...and is" Very serious situation for USA"

-- "Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia"

-- "This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign."

According to the Associated Press, "White House officials said they conducted a thorough review of Flynn's interactions (with the Russians), including transcripts of calls secretly recorded by U.S. intelligence officials, but found nothing illegal."

Trump reportedly learned on Jan. 26 that his national security adviser had misled Pence, but -- AP again -- "Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting" Flynn.

The tipping point appears to be newspaper reports based on leaks, including a Feb. 9 report by the Washington Post that Flynn did discuss sanctions with the Russian ambassador. On Feb. 13, the Post reported that the Justice Department had told the White House last month “that Flynn had so mischaracterized his communications with the Russian diplomat that he might be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.”

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