Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., wouldn't say Saturday whether the House Oversight Committee is going to call former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to testify about potentially playing a role in the leaks from the Trump administration of classified information to reporters.
During an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt, DeSantis admitted he's spoken to his committee's chairman, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, about it, and while he would defer to Gowdy to identify people of interest, he did say the panel has brought in some "big names."
"They're doing a lot more than what the press knows in terms of some of the people they have brought in," DeSantis said. "They've brought in some big names that I'm not authorized to say."
Though DeSantis referred to "Chairman Gowdy," he was talking about the House Intelligence Committee, not the oversight panel, which is investigating intelligence leaks. Gowdy is also a member of the intelligence panel; DeSantis is not. A spokeswoman for Gowdy told the Washington Examiner that she is "certain" that DeSantis had been referring to House Intelligence.
Hewitt had asked DeSantis about Rhodes in particular because of an interview he did recently with the Washington Free Beacon in which he accused Rhodes of being a primary source of the leaks causing harm to the Trump administration and called on Trump to remove all Obama official holdovers from his administration.
DeSantis further explained to Hewitt that Rhodes may be in contact with Obama holdovers in the National Security Council, who are behind the "selective leaking" hurting Trump's ability to conduct foreign policy.
Editor's note: A previous headline incorrectly stated that Rep. DeSantis said the House Oversight Committee is bringing in the "big names" to investigate leaks. He was actually referring to the House Intelligence Committee. Rep. Trey Gowdy is a member of both, and is chairman of the latter.