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.
I can state w/confidence that many intel members now decrying 'leaks' of classified info have themselves 'leaked' classified info knowingly— Carl Bernstein (@carlbernstein) March 20, 2017
Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyGowdy: Nunes briefed president on matters 'unrelated' to Russia probe Sunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Has Putin already won? He divides US intel from political leaders 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.”