The Associated Press – WASHINGTON (AP) The White House is working with House and Senate lawmakers to investigate leaks of classified information about the Trump administration, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deliberations were private.
The White the White House, the Justice Department and other federal agencies are working together to “assess the extent and nature of the leaks,” the person said.
“There are no formal guidelines, but we are talking to various people about what the best course of action is going forward.”
The person also said the White house was discussing with lawmakers the need for more leakers to be held accountable.
The Trump administration has been under intense scrutiny over allegations of collusion between members of President Donald Trump’s administration and Russia to influence the election and to boost Republican candidates.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied the administration had anything to hide and suggested the leaks were a “serious problem” that should be addressed by the Justice and State Departments.
“I think there’s a lot of different elements that we’re working on,” Spicer said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“The president, I think, is very aware of the importance of this issue, and I think the American people are as well.
We have to do better.”
Trump has said that the president has been briefed on the matter, but he has not said whether he believes any leaks of information are intentional.
Trump has previously said that he believes the leaks to be unintentional.
He has said he will have “a big, huge, big announcement” about the matter next week.
Spicer said in a statement that Trump has been informed of the issue by the White Houses “overwhelmingly positive” reception the leaks received from the news media.
The investigation is “focused on whether there was any effort to obstruct justice,” Spicer wrote.
The source also said that while there is a “very clear focus on the leak investigation” by the president, it is not yet clear whether he has made a determination on the merits of any potential charges.
“This investigation is not about whether there were any intent to obstruct, but what the intent was,” the source said.
The Washington Post is not naming the person for security reasons.
It did not respond to a request for comment.