Old tweets about classified info from GOP and Trump resurface – New York Daily News

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After a report surfaced Monday that President Trump leaked highly classified information to Russian diplomats, some of his previous tweets, as well as those of his Republican supporters aren’t holding up so well.

The President had previously blasted Hillary Clinton as “crooked” after then-FBI Director James Comey said in a July 5 press conference that they were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

Trump said there’s “no evidence” of his administration colluding with Russia — and would often refer to the reports as “FAKE NEWS.”

“The real story that Congress, the FBI and all others should be looking into is the leaking of Classified information. Must find leaker now!” Trump tweeted in March.

President Trump shared classified info with Russian officials

Several Republican lawmakers were also critical of the misuse of classified information.

“It’s simple: Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ w/ classified info should be denied further access to it,” House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted last July in response to the FBI’s conclusion of its Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Ryan came to the President’s defense on Monday by saying, “We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation’s secrets is paramount,” according to a PBS News Hour reporter.

The Washington Post reported that Trump divulged a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during their meeting in the Oval Office last week.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus previously charged that “Those who mishandled classified info have had their sec clearances revoked, lost their jobs, faced fines, & even been sent to prison.”

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A report on Monday said that President Trump revealed classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak last week.

(Russian Foreign Ministry/AP)

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