JANESVILLE, Wis. — Mitt Romney has joined a list of mostly-Republican lawmakers calling for a special prosecutor to investigate leaks about sensitive counter-terrorism programs, telling FOX News Channel on Monday that he believes the allegations are “very serious.”
“I do believe they’re very serious, I do believe a special prosecutor should be looking into them,” Romney said of the leaked information, which was revealed in news stories about a cyber-warfare campaign against Iran, as well as a “kill list” of terror targets.
“Those items should not be leaked in such a way that puts America’s interests and our people in jeopardy,” Romney said.
On Sunday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in calling for an independent prosecutor to handle the probe rather than the two US attorneys assigned by Attorney General Eric Holder.
President Barack Obama has said the suggestion that his White House would purposely leak classified information is “offensive.”
In the FOX News interview, Romney also had tough words for Moscow, saying Russia “responds to strength and resolve,” which he claims Obama has not provided.
He derided Obama’s so-called “reset” policy toward Russia, which he said implies “that somehow things are warm and fuzzy between us.”
Obama is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, where the president is expected to press the Russian leader to help curtail the violence in Syria.
Regarding immigration, Romney declined to offer clarity about whether he would repeal Obama’s new executive order preventing deportations of some young illegal immigrants, or allow it to stand upon taking office.
Romney said he would begin looking for a long-term solution to the problem immediately, but did not say if he would let Obama’s order remain in place while he developed his own policy.
“We’ll see kind of what the calendar looks likes at that point,” Romney said.
Romney spoke to FOX from Janesville, Wis., where he was joined by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan on the fourth day of a five-day bus tour of battleground states.