Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) on Monday took President Donald Trump’s advice, attempting to corner former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates over whether they have ever leaked “classified or unclassified information” to the press.
Unfortunately for Kennedy, it’s not “leaking” if it’s unclassified information, a detail Clapper gleefully pointed out to the GOP senator.
“General Clapper, have you ever leaked information—classified or unclassified—to the press?” Kennedy asked.
“Not wittingly or knowingly, as I said in my statement,” Clapper replied.
“Classified or unclassified?” Kennedy pressed.
“Well, unclassified is not leaking,” Clapper explained.
Following Kennedy’s flub, the room broke into laughter.
Hours before Yates was scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump took to Twitter to implore his Republican lackeys to question Yates about whether she “knows how classified information got into the newspapers.” The Trump administration has faced an onslaught of sensitive leaks, including classified information surrounding the ouster of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn—a subject of Monday’s hearing.
Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
In February, Trump insisted the “real story” surrounding Flynn’s resignation pertains to “illegal leaks coming out of Washington” and not Flynn’s relationship to Russia.
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Chief Justice Roberts admonishes lawyers at Senate impeachment trial
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts made his first major intervention in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.
After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) finished his closing arguments on why former National Security Advisor John Bolton should testify, the White House team went on the attack. Yelling and demanding apologies, the president's team was more animated than they'd been all night. Roberts then admonished the House and White House on their language.
Claiming the Senate is the "world's greatest deliberative body" -- despite what he had witnessed during 12 hours of the impeachment trial -- Roberts complained about language that was "not conducive to civil discourse."
White House lawyers begin yelling at Democrats during late-night impeachment trial — after Trump starts tweeting
President Donald Trump woke up and began tweeting around midnight EST during the Senate impeachment trial over the amendments over the rules. That's when a noticeable thing changed on the Senate floor: Trump's team started yelling.
Nearing 1 a.m. EST Tuesday morning while the president was tweeting about impeachment, his team began attacking Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) personally. They called him a liar and accused him of attacking the president and demanded an apology. After nearly 12 hours this was the first time the White House got even remotely animated after a dull defense of the president.
Mick Mulvaney released treasure trove of OMB documents — 2 minutes before midnight
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney released a huge cache of documents on Tuesday evening -- minutes before the midnight deadline.
The documents were released to the ethics group American oversight, which had pursued a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the department.
"Two minutes before midnight, OMB released 192 pages of Ukraine-related records to American Oversight, including emails that have not been previously released," American Oversight announced.
"The files released tonight include emails sent by OMB Acting Director Russell Vought and Assoc Director for National Security Michael Duffey — two key players in the withholding of Ukraine aid — in on the morning of President Trump’s July 25 call with President Zelensky," the ethics group noted.