Chaffetz asks Justice inspector general to investigate Flynn leaks

President Donald Trump's handling of USA security information at his Florida resort came under congressional scrutiny on Tuesday as a watchdog panel asked the White House to explain reports that Trump dealt with a sensitive foreign policy issue in view of club guests.

Over the weekend, the president received a controversial intelligence briefing on a public Mar-a-Lago terrace - and now, the House Oversight Committee wants to know whether the unusual setting resulted in a security breach. Last week, he asked the Office of Government Ethics to look into whether White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated ethics rules by touting Ivanka Trump's fashion line during an interview.

"Separately, one Mar-a-Lago guest posted to his Facebook page a photograph with a man described to be the holder of the 'nuclear football, '" he added.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump had known "for weeks" that Flynn had not been truthful.

"We have serious concerns about the potential protection of classified information here. the release of classified information can, by definition, have grave effects on national security".

The letter continued: "While the President is always on duty, and can not dictate the timing of when he needs to receive sensitive information about urgent matters, we hope the White House will cooperate in providing the Committee with additional information".

Priebus is asked to provide the information to the Oversight Committee by February 28. Some ethics experts say the club offers a pay-to-play scheme in which members can join to gain access to the president, and to the foreign leaders who accompany him to his so-called Winter White House.

Two top House Republicans asked the Inspector General on Wednesday to investigate leaks surrounding the ouster of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Q: "Are you not curious about what Trump aides knew about (Flynn)?"

Mr Chaffetz, now leading the investigation of the President, was widely criticised for failing to pursue investigations of Mr Trump's apparent conflicts of interest between his White House duties and his real estate and business empire.

  • Larry Hoffman