Republican Congressman Michael Turner said members of the intelligence community should stop leaking information to U.S. newspapers.
Turner hit the intelligence community for giving sensitive information to their favored liberal media like The Washington Post and The New York Times. He said the American public cannot trust the intelligence community if they keep doing that.
Turner said the leaks simply must stop. He said those members who leak information to the newspapers are destroying the credibility of the community.
Both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported heavily on the alleged Russian influence in the U.S. presidential election last year.
The Washington Post also broke the story of the supposed Russian connection of former national security adviser Mike Flynn. Flynn resigned due to the issue.
Turner said nothing was truly proven on the alleged Russian influence in the U.S.election. He said Russia did not affect the result of the election. He added that Russia simply did not have the ability to do that. He said the American people voted based on issues that have nothing to do with Russia.
The intelligence community came out with a report in January saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered for his country to influence the election and help Trump win. The report was not able to estimate the impact of said influence. It was not able to prove if alleged Russian moves affected the result of the election at all.
Trump rejected such claims. He also questioned the credibility of the liberal media who reported on the Russian allegations without solid evidence. He called them fake news. He included The Washington Post and The New York Times in his criticisms.
Turner gave his opinions in an interview with John Catsimatidis on 920 AM in New York.