Donald Trump Just Launched A War On Whistleblowers

By:  @jwc2blue, one month ago
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The president is suggesting a major purge is in the offing

President Donald Trump is launching a war on leakers, attempting to turn a story about the firing of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, into a campaign to purge and clean out intelligence agencies.

The latest salvo came Thursday in classic Trumpian fashion: early-morning tweets attacking a national newspaper and making vague threats.

Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017

The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017

Trump is hardly the first president to want to clamp down on leaks and whistleblowing. His predecessor was particularly aggressive in going after news outlets for publishing sensitive information. But whereas Barack Obama’s efforts centered around protecting policy secrecy, Trump’s main priority seems to be protecting himself. The leaks that preceded Flynn’s firing raised questions as to whether the now former adviser had communicated with Russia on behalf of Trump to promise an easing of sanctions once the administration took power.

Trump has insisted that Flynn did nothing wrong in making those calls, despite suggestions that they served to undermine the Obama administration’s efforts to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 elections. His response, instead, has been to look elsewhere in the government for malfeasance. The president has reportedly asked Stephen Feinberg, a private equity executive and close ally of Trump’s, to run a comprehensive overview of intelligence agencies ― a request that has intel officials worried about a coming purge.  

And Trump isn’t the only one making this a focus. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) tweeted early Thursday that congressional committees need to investigate the leaking of information on Flynn’s phone calls.

House Senate Intell committees must open investigations of illegal leaks from intell community,deliberate effort to undermine President

— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) February 16, 2017

The attack-the-leaker mood already has support on Capitol Hill among Trump allies. On Wednesday evening, House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) formally requested an investigation into whether classified information was leaked to the press in the process of exposing Flynn’s conversations.

In a letter to the inspector general of the Department of Justice, co-signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chaffetz noted that many of the reports surrounding Flynn referred to phone surveillance operations and direct communications over sensitive material between the Department of Justice and the White House.

“It seems probable that the fact that an intelligence agency monitored the call, if it did, as well as any recording of the call, would be classified,” the letter reads. “We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has also put less emphasis on looking into the substance of Flynn’s calls than on investigating why those calls made it into press reports. Combined, his and Chaffetz’s pursuits have Democrats howling that congressional oversight is being dropped in favor of political protection for the White House.

“Chairman Chaffetz appears to be taking his marching orders directly from President Trump’s tweet yesterday,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said Thursday. “Instead of investigating General Flynn’s lies and his troubling ties with Russia, he chose to target those who brought them to light. Congress should be doing independent oversight of the Executive Branch and protecting whistleblowers, not running interference while the White House conceals their abuses and misleads the American people for weeks.”

link 02/16/17 11:50:30AM @jwc2blue:

"Wikileaks, oh we love Wikileaks."

Drumpf is more concerned about covering his ass than he is about Flynn lying.

link 02/16/17 11:59:36AM @johnrussell:

The leaks may be used as an excuse to eliminate intelligence personnel and place the remaining intelligence functions under more direct control of the White House. Flynn was already working on just such an approach weeks ago. 

link 02/16/17 12:16:51PM @jwc2blue:

Drumpf cannot afford to have the truth of his ties to Russia exposed. Lot's of people are saying that he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.

Since he arrived, the swamp has added a deep end.

link 02/16/17 12:11:56PM @big-brother:

The swamp is larger than he realized.  Lot of scum in in swamp to drain.



link 02/16/17 12:33:53PM @johnrussell:



Intelligence Agencies Reportedly Keep Material From Trump

(Joshua Roberts / Reuters)

U.S. intelligence agencies are keeping sensitive information from President Trump because they fear the material will be leaked or compromised, The Wall Street Journal is reporting this morning. The report, based on interviews with current and former officials, is a reflection of the mistrust between the president and the agencies based on two matters: the extent of contact between Trump’s aides and Russia, and the president’srepeatedly stated belief the agencies are undermining him via the sorts of leaks that have dominated headlines since his inauguration and resulted in the resignation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice for national-security adviser. The White House told the Journal: “There is nothing that leads us to believe that this is an accurate account of what is actually happening.” Full Journal report [paywall] here

link 02/16/17 02:30:18PM @spikegary:

The intelligence community works for the Commander In Chief.  Always.  They don't have a legal or moral right to withhold information from the CINC.  But it seems, they can leak it out to the press and you're okay with that.

link 02/16/17 02:40:47PM @johnrussell:

If they have withheld information from him, it may be because he is not trustworthy in their eyes. 

He should have thought about some of these possibilities before he lied his ass off for the past two years. Donald Trump is not a trustworthy person.

link 02/16/17 03:04:28PM @spikegary:

Not within their purview to withhold information.  Plain and simple.  They don't get to make that choice.  There are certain things a President can choose to not know, such as the name/identity of an in-place spy, but the agencies have no right to withhold information from the President.  Any president.

link 02/16/17 07:04:15PM @jwc2blue:

The intelligence community works for the Commander In Chief.  Always. 

The Intelligence Community is sworn to uphold the Constitution.


link 02/16/17 07:58:55PM @jwc2blue:

The Intelligence Community is sworn to uphold the Constitution.


As is any patriot of America.

Perhaps you feel otherwise.

link 02/17/17 03:27:27AM @randy:

The Intelligence Community, every Agent of every Agency, is sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, not to defend, serve or even, if they feel the CiC is compromised, to report to the CiC. They work for the people of the United States and not the President. The CIA, headed by a man appointed by Donald Trump, has already said that they are not briefing Trump on all of the intelligence that they have because they do trust where it will end up because of the leaking...or because they don't trust the CiC which is more likely.

Ever since Trump moved into the White House he has insulted the Intelligence Community. Yes he gets to appoint the heads of the various agencies, however even they do not have real control over the career agents and Trump is beginning to find that out. The see agency heads and Presidents come and go, but they always remain. He pissed off the Intelligence Community, the military and the bureaucrats in the State Department and even at the White House. He is reaping what he sowed.

Donald Trump has no where to hide.

link 02/17/17 04:34:18AM @randy:

They don't have a legal or moral right to withhold information from the CINC.  But it seems, they can leak it out to the press and you're okay with that.

I am, if they have credible intelligence information to believe that he can not be trusted to pass the information on to people or nations who are enemies of the the United States. In that case they have an obligation under their sworn oath to with hold the information and I would expect them to do their duty and with hold the information.

It's the same as when you are inducted into the United States Military. You are required to obey all of the lawful orders of those placed in command above you and of higher rank, but you are required to disobey unlawful orders.

link 02/16/17 12:58:25PM @jwc2blue:

They leaked classified information. I agree that is wrong, but so is discussing sanctions with the Russians prior to the election or before taking office and lying about it.

They "they did it too" line is the defense of a five year old, which is why I didn't bother on commenting on your apples to zeppelins article on this topic.

link 02/16/17 04:59:46PM @cerenkov:

The "it's OK if my guy did it" is the defense of a four year old...

link 02/16/17 06:58:31PM @jwc2blue:

The "it's OK if my guy did it" is the defense of a four year old...

Except that I ever said any such thing.

Which makes your comment that of a moron. I won't even comment on the peanut gallery that supports your idiotic comment.

Not that anyone is surprised by that..

link 02/17/17 12:29:59AM @cerenkov:

Hmm. No cogent response. That's what I would expect from a comment from a civil service parasite. Really, what could we expect?

link 02/17/17 11:41:00AM @jwc2blue:

Your inability to understand that there is no other response to a claim about something I never said is expected.

Of course, once ObamaCare is gone someone will have to foot the bill for your continued care.

Dean Moriarty
link 02/16/17 04:16:47PM @dean-moriarty:

What happened to Obamas war on whistleblowers like Snowden?

link 02/16/17 07:00:34PM @jwc2blue:

Snowden has admitted to being guilty of espionage. He's currently in Russia, not here.

Of course, if Drumpf has his way you soon won't be able to tell the difference.

link 02/16/17 07:56:13PM @pepe:

What about your girl Chelsea Manning? 

link 02/16/17 07:59:54PM @jwc2blue:


Try to keep up with 2 month old news, at least.


Go fuck yourself.

link 02/17/17 12:32:49AM @cerenkov:

Idiot. He wasn't pardoned. It's sad that the uneducated are allowed to vote...

link 02/17/17 11:34:13AM @jwc2blue:

Pardoned, sentence commuted. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

It's still old news.

BTW, idiot. Your minders just bring you into a room with a fake voting machine so you think you're actually voting before they bring you back to the recreation center.


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