Nightly News   |  June 10, 2012

Who leaked the classified information?

Lawmakers say the White House may have leaked classified information about its cyber attacks on Iran to look good. President Obama denies the allegation. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

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>>> the white house finds itself in damage control mode after what a lot of pundits are calling one of the worst weeks for the administration, politically speaking, in three and a half years. first came a remark about the economy that the president probably wishes he could have back. then came news of an investigation into who's leaking classified information . we get more from our white house correspondent, kristen welker.

>> this is very offensive.

>> the investigation has to be nonpartisan.

>> reporter: law maergs on both sides of the aisle turning up the heat, demanding to know who leaked classified administration about the cyber attacks against iran, drone strikes on terrorists, and foiled al qaeda plot. on friday, attorney general eric holder appointed two u.s. attorneys to investigate. senator john mccain called for an independent investigation. and continued to accuse the administration of leaking the secrets, for political gain.

>> it's obvious on its face that this information came from individuals who are in the administration. the president may not have done it himself, but the president is certainly responsible as commander in chief.

>> reporter: the president firmly denied those allegations.

>> the notion that my white house would purposely release classified national security information is offensive koert and his top aide adviser continued to shoot down accusations of white house leaks. republicans poungsed on the president's recent comments about the economy.

>> the private sector is doing fine.

>> reporter: the president quickly backed away from the statement. but today the romney campaign released this web ad . suggesting the president is out of touch. political analysts say with less than five months until election day , the president can't afford many more weeks like this past one, filled with negative headlines.

>> this is about as bad a week as a sitting president who is seeking re-election can have.

>> reporter: now, obama campaign officials say they will try to pivot this week and take direct aim at recent comments made by mitt romney in which he suggested the federal government should not increase funding to put teachers and firefighters back to work. romney campaign officials say the candidate was expressing his opposition to big government . lester?

>> kristen welker, thank you.