UK Police Launch Criminal Probe Into Leaked Cabled On Trump

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2019

Memos from Darroch describing the Trump administration as inept were leaked to a British newspaper, infuriating the US president, who launched a Twitter attack on both the envoy and outgoing prime minister Theresa May, who had given Darroch her full support.

Britain's ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch (C) listens as U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May hold a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2017.

Kim Darroch quit on Wednesday after Donald Trump called him "stupid" and "wacky" following the publication of the confidential memos by a newspaper.

"The investigation will be reviewed at every stage to ensure a proportionate investigation is undertaken".

The backlash comes after Scotland Yard launched an investigation into the leaking of confidential communications between the UK's ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, and the Foreign Office, in which he made disparaging remarks about the Trump administration.

The statement also said there has been damage caused to Britain's global relations, and there would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice.

The president hit back by branding the ambassador a "pompous fool", and Darroch resigned, saying it had become impossible for him to do his job.

However he insisted his comments in a televised debate on Tuesday has been "misrepresented" and denied withholding his backing. You can stop this now.

"The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause may also be a criminal matter", the statement from Basu said.

He said he had not defended the ambassador more because he did not think civil servants should be dragged into political disputes.

He urged the culprits: "turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences".

"Some people just told me - too bad - they said he actually said some very good things about me", he said.

The president said he had been informed by his friend and golf partner, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, that, as well as calling his administration "inept", Sir Kim had said complimentary things about him.

Norman Lamb, the former health minister who now heads the science and technology committee as a Liberal Democratic MP, said: "We can't contemplate any slippery slope to a police state that accepts that sort of limitation on the freedom of the press to report".

Other reports by iNewsToday