Feb. 15 (UPI) -- After leaked information apparently played a role in the resignation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the leaders of two House committees asked the Department of Justice to take a look at the the circumstances.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., sent a letter to Michael Horowitz, inspector general at the Department of Justice, asking him to investigate the source of leaks of classified information in a letter on Wednesday.
Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, and Goodlatte, who is chair of the House Judiciary Committee, aired concerns similar to those of President Donald Trump, who tweeted after Flynn resigned that the endless stream of leaks coming out of his White House is the "real scandal."
"We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here," Chaffetz and Goodlatte write in the letter. "The release of classified national security information can, by definition, have grave effects on national security."
Flynn was forced to resign Monday after leaked information about phone calls with a Russian diplomat prior to Trump's inauguration was made public. Flynn's interaction with Russian officials could be considered a violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits civilians from negotiating with foreign officials.
Details of meetings between high-ranking U.S. officials, including acting Attorney General Sally Yates and White House Counsel Donald McGahn about Flynn's actions, as well as information about Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrants and recordings of calls between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, are expected to be classified, the congressmen wrote in the letter. How the information was made public, the congressmen say, could pose a potential threat to national security.
"We request that your office begin an immediate investigation into whether classified information was mishandled here," the congressmen said.