>> We're gonna find the leakers. They're gonna pay a big price for leaking.>> US President Donald Trump, his administration repeatedly hit by bombshell disclosures from inside federal spy agencies. On Thursday, desperate to focus attention on the leaks, rather than their content. The President on Twitter condemning the so called low-life leakers, vowing, quote, they will be caught.
Remember, this is the guy who said during the campaign.>> Wikileaks, I love Wikileaks.>> Here he is on Wednesday.>> It's criminal action, criminal act.>> The New York Times on Thursday, running a story, first reported by Reuters, that the White House is considering appointing private equity billionaire and Trump buddy, Stephen Feinberg, to lead a broad review of America's spy agencies.
The newspaper saying, members of the intelligence community fear the new role will curtail their independence. The White House and Feinberg declined to comment. Also Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reporting American spies have withheld sensitive intelligence from the President over concerns it could be compromised, hearing their sources could be revealed.
A spokesperson for the office of the Director of National Intelligence calling the journal report, quote, not true.>> Advisors close to then presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians.>> The Tempest reaching a new high after media reports this week citing US intelligence sources that Trump aides were in frequent communication with Russian spies before and during the presidential campaign.
US intelligence agencies concluding that States sponsored Russian hackers leaked emails stolen from the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an effort to swing the contest toward Trump. None of the reports so far provide evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the effort. On Tuesday, Trump asked for the resignation of National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, after reports showed he misled the White House for weeks about phone calls he made to a Russian embassador.
While the White House said the resignation came after the President lost confidence in Flynn, Trump on Wednesday, blaming Flynn's departure on the media.>> General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media.>> Nevertheless, Trump fired him. Congressional Republicans who have promised to investigate Russia's alleged hacking and the members of Trump's administration's contact with Moscow also raising the possibility of looking into the sources of the leaked information.