Trump calls Michael Flynn a 'wonderful man'

Trump said Flynn had been "treated very, very unfairly by the media" in the president's first public reaction to the firing of his former national security adviser and blamed Flynn's departure on leaks from the intelligence community.
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Transcript for Trump calls Michael Flynn a 'wonderful man'
Much more on that ahead. First to that new backlash for president trump over allegations his campaign was communicating with Russian officials before the election. Jon Karl is going to start us off this morning. Good morning, Jon. Reporter: Good morning, robin. The president is lashing out at news organizations and even his own intelligence agencies but the white house is facing louder and louder calls for answers about contacts between president trump's team and Russia. President trump seemed to relish the trip of his closest friend on the world stage setting a big goal for Middle East peace with Israeli prime minister Bibi Netanyahu. Good negotiator. The art of the deal. Reporter: Overhanging it turmoil in the west wing. The president's first public reaction after the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn, attacks on the media and the intelligence community. General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media as I call it the fake media in many cases. I think in addition to that, from intelligence papers are being leaked, things are being leaked. It's criminal action. Criminal act. Reporter: That's a major turnabout from his press secretary's explanation about why Flynn was fired. The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for general Flynn's resignation. Reporter: Flynn was caught misleading the white house about his calls with the Russian ambassador. But even with Flynn now gone, the controversy is far from over. U.S. Intelligence sources confirm that there were repeated contacts between members of trump's campaign team and Russian intelligence before the election. Trump has previously denied any such contacts but on Wednesday he refused to answer questions about that. Mr. President, can you guarantee that nobody on your campaign had any contacts with the Russians? Reporter: This morning, Democrats and a growing number of Republicans are demanding answers from the white house. It's highly disturbing and it raises more and more questions that congress has a sworn obligation to get to the bottom of. We're looking for facts and we're looking for evidence. Reporter: Now, the two top senators on the judiciary committee, Dianne Feinstein but Republican chuck grassley are saying they want to be briefed by the FBI director and the attorney general about what exactly was going on in the contacts between general Flynn and the rugs. Can you tell us more about the reaction from congress concerning the president saying about the leaks? Reporter: Well, there's now a new letter out from the two top Republicans over on the house side asking the department of justice's internal watchdog to investigate leaks. This is exactly what president trump is looking for. They are basically responding not so much to the controversy about the contacts with Russia but they want to investigate the leaks coming out of the FBI. All right, Jon, thank you. The president had a tweet a minute ago saying those leakers will be caught.

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