Devon Nunes Joins Trump’s Nixonian War on Leaks
Devin Nunes Wants to Punish the Whistleblowers not the CrimeThe outrage is not the treason of Flynn and his boss but just that they got caught in the act.
“According to the sources familiar with Nunes’ letter, it asks FBI Director James Comey to investigate and report back to the intelligence committee on the circumstances behind the leaking of details from Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders, as well as from communications between his former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.”
“Nunes’s letter also asks Comey to look into leaks related to the Central Intelligence Agency’s rejection of an elite-level security clearance for one of Flynn’s closest deputies on the National Security Council, senior director for Africa Robin Townley.”
“But someone who has discussed the matter with Nunes says the congressman, who served on Trump’s transition team, “believes that Trump is being targeted by the intelligence community. It’s an abuse of authority.”
Or: it’s people in the intelligence community concerned about Trump’s abuse of power starting with his attempt to undermine the sanctions the day Obama-who was still President at the time-implemented them.
“Trump also has talked to the Justice Department about an investigation into the leaks, tweeting on Thursday morning that “leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years.” Picking up the theme during a rambling press conference later that day, Trump blamed the intelligence community for leaking damaging information about his administration.”
He actually admits it’s ‘been a problem for years’-ie, leaks are nothing new. Leaks happen for all kinds of reasons good or bad. While technically they are violations of the law, they aren’t usually punished.
“The leaks have taken a toll on Trump’s administration. In early February, it was reported that Trump had abruptly ended a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after a heated exchange over an Obama-era agreement to accept 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center.”
“That same day, the leaked transcript of Trump’s phone call with Mexican President Enrique Nieto revealed Trump had complained about Mexico’s “handling” of “tough hombres.”
“Then earlier this week, Flynn was forced to resign after the Washington Post, citing nine top current and former officials at multiple agencies, reported that Flynn — despite his assertions to the contrary — had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia during December communications with the country’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.”
So right now leaks are our friends. The more the better so long as Trump is President.
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