President Trump said Thursday he’s ordered a Justice Department probe of leaks of classified information and defended fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying “he was just doing his job” by talking to a Russian diplomat before the inauguration.
“We are looking into that very seriously,” Mr. Trump said of leaks from U.S. intelligence agencies. “It’s a criminal act. We’ve got to stop it.”
Mr. Trump said he believes the leaks are coming from “people probably from the Obama administration” who are holdovers in the new administration.
In a wide-ranging news conference about his first month in office, Mr. Trump refuted allegations that some of his campaign officials had contact with Russian operatives before the election. The president said neither he nor his associates have connections with Russia.
“I own nothing in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia,” he said.
The president also spoke at length about his firing of Mr. Flynn..