The Department of Justice is a target of the source of the leak that ultimately led to the ouster of Michael Flynn.
President Donald Trump said Thursday he's pressing for a full investigation into the intelligence leaks that led to the ouster of former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Circa can confirm that one of the agencies that they’re looking at is the Department of Justice .
The scope of persons and agencies that would have had access to the information contained in the transcribed phone calls is relatively small and would include DOJ officials as well, several U.S. officials told Circa.
The leaks, which were reported in detail by The Washington Post, regarded the relatively short phone conversation between Flynn and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak.
Despite calls from some Democrats and Republicans to investigate Flynn, the FBI announced Thursday that they would not be investigating him. Sources close to Flynn told Circa he was willing and ready to speak to anybody or any committee about his conversation and that he broke no laws.
Although the FBI is under the jurisdiction of the DOJ and would have access to the documentation, so does DOJ's counterespionage division, a U.S. official told Circa. The information from the intercepts was also spread more widely in January when DOJ officials briefed White House officials and other elements of the intelligence community. That also expanded the potential pool of people that could leak, to include the NSA and the CIA.
The DOJ declined comment Thursday night.
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