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Ex-CIA official tells CNN: ‘Start prosecuting the president because he’s the leaker-in-chief’

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Former CIA officer Phil Mudd blasted President Donald Trump Wednesday for slinging accusations about government leaks from the intelligence agencies when the president himself has leaked classified information.

During a speech Thursday, Trump said that he wanted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be tougher on the leaks he’s seeing coming from intelligence agencies.

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“First of all, this is a diversion,” Mudd said of the Sessions-Trump feud. “The investigation that the president is trying to undermine at the Department of Justice will go on. He keeps talking about people, but this investigation predates Robert Mueller. There’s a pile of documents, 302 interviews, financial don’ts, phone records that are now in FBI computers. He can try to slowly worm his way into getting Bob Mueller removed, I don’t think that will happen.”

When it comes to the so-called leaks, Mudd called it ironic because Trump is one of the worst offenders of leaking.

“There’s a great irony, this is a president of the United States who talked about Israeli intelligence to the Russians and confirmed that intelligence when he went to Israel,” Mudd said. “A president who tweeted earlier this week about a secret CIA program. If you’re doing late night TV, you can say, I guess we can start prosecuting the president because he’s turned out to be the leaker-in-chief.”

During the 2016 campaign, Trump repeatedly attacked Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for what he claimed was revealing classified information. He claimed this was a reason Clinton was “not fit” for the office.

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Bill Maher dances on David Koch’s grave: ‘I’m glad he’s dead and I hope the end was painful’

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher celebrated the death of right-wing billionaire David Koch, who died of prostate cancer.

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