Trump raps 'criminal' leaks, 'dishonest' media, 'bad' judges

By JULIE PACE The Associated Press
This article was published February 17, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

WASHINGTON -- Aggrieved and spoiling for a fight, Donald Trump used a marathon encounter with reporters Thursday to denounce the "criminal" leaks that took down his top national security adviser and revived questions about his own ties to Russia. But he offered only a lawyerly denial that his campaign aides had been in touch with Russian officials before last fall's election.

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