Rep. Trey Gowdy pressed FBI director James Comey on Monday, demanding Comey release the names of those suspected of leaking classified intelligence about former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, reports Fox News.
While testifying before Congress over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, the FBI director refused to elaborate on who might be the source behind the leaked, secret material.
“I can’t say because I don’t want to confirm that that was classified information,” said Comey.
"But you confirmed the investigation into the Trump camp Russia ties," Gowdy responded. "And aren’t these leaks a matter of life and death?"
"Leaks are terrible and taken very seriously," said the FBI director.
Rep. Gowdy believes the ‘unmasking’ of Flynn’s identity in leaked audiotapes constitutes a felony as it was harmful to confidential, intelligence gathering operations.
“In the universe of possible motives of felonious dissemination of classified material, we could rule out wanting to help the intelligence communities and the law enforcement communities. Those are two motives that are gone now, that leaves more nefarious motives," Gowdy said.
Watch Gowdy and Comey go back and forth below.