Watergate reporter: GOP lawmakers decrying leaks have knowingly leaked classified information

Watergate reporter: GOP lawmakers decrying leaks have knowingly leaked classified information
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One of journalists who reported on the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post is calling out Republicans lawmakers who are criticizing recent leaks of classified information, suggesting they've done the same thing in the past.

“I can state w/ confidence that many intel members now decrying ‘leaks’ of classified info have themselves ‘leaked’ classified info knowingly,” Carl Bernstein tweeted on Monday.

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Bernstein posted the tweet after a Republican congressman lashed out at leaks to the media during FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on Monday about Russia’s interference in the presidential election. 

Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyGOP rep Gowdy on healthcare bill: ‘I try really hard not to give the Senate advice’ Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems New leader of Russia probe: Nunes 'has not interfered' MORE (R-S.C.) asked Comey during the hearing whether reporters could be prosecuted for leaking classified information.

“Is there an exception in the law for current or former U.S. officials requesting anonymity?” Gowdy asked, referring to a U.S. statute that forbids the leaking of classified material.

Comey responded that there was no exception for U.S. officials.

“Is there an exception in the law for reporters who want to break a story?” Gowdy asked.

Comey said it was not something he had seen prosecuted “in my lifetime.”