GOP at a loss over Trump’s past praise for WikiLeaks


They have been quick to condemn WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange — and vow that justice will be served now that its leader has been arrested.

But when it comes to President Donald Trump’s past praise of WikiLeaks, Senate Republicans are at a loss for words.

“You need to talk to the President about his comments,” Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said as he left the Capitol.

“That’s up to the President,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham when asked about Trump’s past praise.

They’re hardly alone. On Thursday, few Republicans wanted to revisit Trump’s past comments, instead drawing their ire toward Assange while offering their support for the US government’s efforts to pursue his extradition and prosecution.

“I think it’s about time,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of GOP leadership who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, when asked about Assange’s arrest in London.