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Lawmakers Urge Probe Into House Intelligence Committee Leaks

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (Bill Clark/AP)

By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 03:07 PM

Three Republican lawmakers are urging House leadership to investigate leaks from the intelligence committee, which has been probing Russian's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The call for a probe followed closed-door testimony in front of the committee by Donald Trump Jr. It came in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi., D-Calif.

The letter was signed by Reps. Lee Zeldin of New York, Mia Love of Utah and John Ratcliffe of Texas.

"Our serious concerns center around, but are not limited to, the leaks of privileged information by (committee) members and/or staff to the press regarding an interview of Donald Trump Jr., that took place on December 6, 2017," they said in the letter.

"As the committee's eight-hour interview of Donald Trump Jr., was still underway, information from this closed session of the committee was clearly being leaked to the press."

The lawmakers cited "multiple tweets and online articles that contained privileged information." And they noted the leaking of privileged information continued after the questioning of Trump Jr. concluded.

The lawmakers added: "These serious violations need to be investigated and any members responsible for such violations must no longer serve as part of this investigation. Any staff who have violated committee or House rules must also face appropriate disciplinary action."

Alan Futerfas, the attorney representing Trump Jr,. also has requested an investigation into leaks of his client's testimony, CNN reported.

According to the news network: Futerfas has asked a "formal inquiry into leaks occurring during and after Mr. Trump's December 6, 2017 interview, including whether any members or staff members of this committee intentionally disseminated inaccurate information to the media."

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