(National Sentinel) Leaks, Leaks: An outraged New York Republican slammed Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday after details were leaked to the media that former Trump White House communications director Hope Hicks’ email account was hacked.
“Holy cow. The leaks coming from Dems on @HouseIntelComm are out of control! Witnesses come in for hours of testimony at a time & then Dems instantly leak their version of 1 question & that’s that. Do rules, confidentiality & process matter at all anymore?” Rep. Lee Zeldin, who is not a member of the Intelligence Committee, tweeted.
Zeldin was responding to an NBC News report claiming that Hicks, in testimony before the intelligence panel, her email was hacked the day before she left the Trump administration.
The news report quoted “people who were present for her testimony in the panel’s Russia probe,” leading Zeldin and others to suspect Democrats.
The report noted:
Under relatively routine questioning from Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., about her correspondence, Hicks indicated that she could no longer access two accounts: one she used as a member of President Donald Trump’s campaign team and the other a personal account, according to four people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the closed meeting of the Intelligence Committee was supposed to remain private.
Hicks, who portrayed herself as not savvy in matters of technology, told lawmakers that one of the accounts was hacked, according to two sources who were in the room. It is unclear if Hicks was referring to the campaign or the personal account.
The assertion of a hack “raises the questions of who might have compromised her account, as well as when, why and what information could have been obtained,” NBC News reported further.
In the past, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the committee’s ranking minority member, has been accused of leaking information to the media — including President Donald J. Trump and White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Republican insider Arthur Schwartz implicated Schiff in a tweeted response to Zeldin.
“Shots fired. At leaky
@RepAdamSchiff,” he wrote.
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