âA new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions,â Mr. Trump wrote. âThese illegal leaks, like Comeyâs, must stop!â
The president was equating the report in The Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, to a decision by James B. Comey, whom Mr. Trump fired as F.B.I. director, to leak contents of a memo he wrote describing a conversation he had with the president. Mr. Comey has said the memo was unclassified and therefore not illegal to disclose.
The message about the Post story was quickly followed by one assailing The New York Times. âThe Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi,â he wrote. âTheir sick agenda over National Security.â
Mr. Trump did not specify what he meant, but he may have been referring to a Fox News report, a version of which aired about 25 minutes before the presidentâs tweet, about comments by a top commander at a conference on Friday.
Gen. Tony Thomas, head of the militaryâs Special Operations Command, said at the Aspen Security Forum that American forces were âparticularly closeâ to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, after a 2015 raid recovered information about the militant group.
âThat was a very good lead,â General Thomas said, according to the Fox report. âUnfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead.â
Fox reported that the general appeared to be referring to a June 2015 report by The Times that said American intelligence agencies had âextracted valuable informationâ from the raid. The story reported that United States forces had recovered âlaptops, cellphones and other materials,â including four to seven terabytes of data. It also said that Mr. Baghdadi and other Islamic State leaders had used their wives to pass information to one another to avoid electronic surveillance.
The Pentagon raised no objections with The Times before the story was published, and no senior American official ever complained publicly about it until now.
The Russian military said last month that it might have killed Mr. Baghdadi in an airstrike in Syria, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that he believed Mr. Baghdadi was still alive. The White House made no comment when asked for clarification about the presidentâs tweet.
Mr. Trumpâs posts came shortly before he flew to Norfolk, Va., where he presided over the commissioning of the Gerald R. Ford, the nationâs newest aircraft carrier.
The Post reported that Mr. Kislyak told superiors in Moscow that he had discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Mr. Sessions during the campaign, contrary to Mr. Sessionsâs public assertions. Mr. Sessions, who was advising Mr. Trump on foreign policy at the time, met at least twice with Mr. Kislyak and failed to disclose those contacts during his Senate confirmation hearings. After news reports about them were published, he said the meetings were not related to the campaign.
Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in a statement to The Post and other news organizations that she could not comment âon the reliability of what anonymous sources describe in a wholly uncorroborated intelligence intercept.â She added that Mr. Sessions ânever met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election.â She did not deny that Mr. Sessions discussed campaign or policy issues more generally with Mr. Kislyak.
The revelation of Mr. Sessionsâs meetings with Mr. Kislyak in March prompted the attorney general to recuse himself from overseeing the Justice Department investigation into Russian meddling in last yearâs election and any possible collusion with associates of Mr. Trump. The president has been upset about that recusal ever since and told The Times in an interview on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Mr. Sessions had he known the attorney general would step aside.
In the interview, Mr. Trump faulted Mr. Sessions for his misleading testimony. âJeff Sessions gave some bad answers,â the president said. âHe gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they werenât.â
In his tweets on Saturday morning, he offered no concern that Mr. Sessions had not been fully forthcoming. Instead, as he often does, Mr. Trump tried to turn attention back to his opponent from last year.
âSo many people are asking why isnât the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes,â he wrote, referring to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel now leading the Russia inquiry. â33,000 e-mails deleted?â
He added: âWhat about all of the Clinton ties to Russia, including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian Reset, big dollar speeches etc.â
Mrs. Clinton was investigated last year by the F.B.I. for using a private server to route official email. More than 30,000 messages that she and her team deemed personal and unrelated to her service as secretary of state were deleted. As F.B.I. director, Mr. Comey said Mrs. Clinton had acted irresponsibly but that he would not seek criminal charges against her.
The president also referenced his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who met with several Russian figures during last yearâs campaign after being promised incriminating information about Mrs. Clinton.
âMy son Donald openly gave his e-mails to the media & authorities whereas Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted (& acid washed) her 33,000 emails!â he wrote.
The younger Mr. Trump released emails setting up the Russia meeting only after being informed that The Times had obtained them and was about to publish them itself.