Trump Team’s Dysfunction Fuels Prospect Of Prosecution Over Leaks

While White House officials, who speak out of turn, are not necessarily committing a crime unless they reveal classified information, dysfunction in the White House amplifies a frenetic and mad political climate.
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    President Donald Trump called “alleged leaks” from government agencies related to the attack in Manchester “deeply troubling.” He also said the Justice Department should find the “culprits” and prosecute them to the “fullest extent of the law.”

    “These leaks have been going on for a long time, and my administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security,” Trump declared.



    But from his position as president, Trump has also been reckless with sensitive information. He reportedly informed Russian diplomats about a source with knowledge of Islamic State operations, and he talked to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about the location of two United States nuclear submarines.

    Trump’s indiscreet conversations—coupled with the constant stream of disclosures of sensitive and non-sensitive information to media from his administration—have combined to create a climate, where agency officials and politicians may feel they need to make an example out of someone in order to reassert control.

    The Trump administration could continue President Barack Obama’s policy of zero tolerance for leaks by going after a person currently working in government. The Justice Department could also take out frustration on a symbolic target that is not responsible for Trump’s dysfunction: WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange.

    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 23. He made sure to work in all the usual buzzwords officials use to scare the public on leaks as he stammered.

    “Leaks have become a very significant, uh, played a very significant negative role relative to our national security. The, um, release of information not only undermines confidence in our allies but our ability to maintain secure information that we share with them. It jeopardizes sources and methods that are invaluable to our ability to find out what’s going on and what those threats are.”

    “Lives are at stake in many instances, and leaks jeopardize those lives,” Coats added.

    Former CIA director John Brennan was more direct and specific when he testified before the House Intelligence Committee the same day and commented on the leak of information to the press that revealed Trump had spoken to Russian diplomats about a source.

    “What I was very concerned about, though, is the subsequent releases of what appears to be classified information purporting to point to the originator of the information, liaison partners. They continue to be very, very damaging leaks, and I find them appalling and they need to be tracked down,” Brennan stated.

    “John Brennan was one of the two or three driving forces behind the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers,” former CIA officer John Kiriakou said. “Donald Trump has already said that he wants to see Ed Snowden exposed to the death penalty when he comes back. Trump has said that leakers are scum, and he includes whistleblowers among them.”

    “While this one report may have been leaked illegally, there is a bigger picture here, and that is the continuation under the Trump administration of the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers.”

    Kiriakou is a whistleblower, who confirmed President George W. Bush’s administration had a policy of waterboarding detainees. He became a target of prosecution, pled guilty to confirming the name of an undercover intelligence agent, and served a sentence in prison.

    “Trump said late last week that he had spoken to the FBI about the possibility of arresting reporters and charging reporters with espionage for publishing allegedly classified information,” Kiriakou recalled. “It’s a direct assault on the First Amendment. So, I think that this is part of a bigger policy that the administration is pursuing. It’s an extension and advance on the Obama policy.”

    There seems to be little confidence in Trump’s ability to run a government, and that fuels the leaks.

    As Kiriakou suggested, “He has no understanding of the way a government runs. He has not even a basic understanding of the separation of powers. The guy’s in desperate need of a sixth-grade civics course.”

    On one hand, lawmakers may want to stay quiet and let leaks continue, especially if the leaks represent important warnings that can help them figure out what demands their utmost attention. Yet, even though leaks are a frequently traded currency in Washington, the scale and extent of leaks will not be tolerated by the political class.

    Trump lashed out on Twitter back in February, “Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking has been a big problem in Washington for years.” He suggested the New York Times and other media organizations must apologize for, in effect, committing acts of journalism.

    “The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!” Trump cried.

    It was bombastic, a product of an ego that was tired of taking a beating in the press. And yet, the intolerance for leaks was similar to Obama’s intolerance for leaks, even if the former president expressed it in a more measured manner.

    At one point, an unnamed Obama administration official said the administration was out for “scalps.”

    While White House officials, who speak out of turn, are not necessarily committing a crime unless they reveal classified information, dysfunction in the White House amplifies a frenetic and mad political climate.

    The climate becomes the grist for Trump’s first high-profile leaks prosecution, which given statements by the administration will likely come soon.

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    • tapatio

      A small example of the DISEASED mind of James Wherry (whose Zionist hate mongering is below)………….
      Below is James Wherry’s comment to his local paper on the occasion of his “marriage” to a young Filipino BOY that wherry purchased…………….
      “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””
      http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html
      Wherry is a pretty typical example of the PSEUDO-Christian Zionists that are fanatical adherents/worshipers of the Judeo-Naz! Disease called Zionism.

    • James Wherry

      Looks like President Trump is a highly intelligent man who isn’t lied to.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48e88534353730aefc54e7ec8073443fc13ad744e48c03503df2df125a05ab69.jpg “Trump Raged at Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas In Bethlehem Meeting: ‘You Lied To Me'”

      “Trump Raged at Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas In Bethlehem Meeting: ‘You Lied To Me'”
      Jack Moore, Newsweek, May 29, 2017 [excerpt below]

      President Trump reportedly lashed out at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in their meeting in the West Bank city of Bethlehem last Tuesday.

      “You tricked me in D.C.! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement [against Israel],” he allegedly said to Abbas, according to Israel’s Channel 2 broadcaster, which cited a U.S. official present at the meeting. It said the Palestinian delegation were shocked by the outburst.

      The Israeli government blames the Palestinian leadership and Abbas’s Fatah faction for inciting violence among young Palestinians, who from September 2015 onward launched a series of violent and deadly attacks with knives, guns and vehicles in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The Palestinians say it is Israel’s military occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank that pushed them to violence. The violence slowed in mid-2016.

      At their meeting in Washington on May 3, Trump told Abbas to end incitement and “resolve” a Palestinian policy of paying the families of Palestinians convicted of terror offenses under Israeli law. Abbas said “we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas’s remarks were “not true” as his Palestinian Authority names “schools after mass murders of Israelis.”

      Trump is earning a reputation for lecturing world leaders. In February, he reportedly shouted on a call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about a refugee settlement deal reached with his predecessor, Barack Obama.

      “When you hear about the tough phone calls I’m having, don’t worry about it. Just don’t worry about it. They’re tough,” he said at a prayer breakfast the day after the call. “We’re taken advantage of by every nation in the world virtually. It’s not going to happen any more.”

      Trump arrived in Bethlehem on Tuesday for a whistlestop meeting with Abbas with security at its highest level in the West Bank city. He had met with Netanyahu a day earlier. He said that with “ determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible,” Israelis and Palestinians could make a deal.

      In Bethlehem, shops shuttered and Palestinian security forces lined the main roads as Palestinians held a “Day of Rage” in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners, who have since stopped that strike. The pair held a joint press conference at the city’s presidential palace but, despite visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Trump passed on visiting the Church of the Nativity, the alleged birthplace of Jesus.

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      Publicly, Trump was kinder about his Palestinian counterpart, saying he was a willing peace partner. “I truly believe if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process for peace in the Middle East,” Trump said during the conference. “Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Netanyahu has promised the same. I look forward to working with these leaders toward a lasting peace.”

      Abbas said the Palestinians would work for peace but their “fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it.” He said their problem was not with “Judaism.”

      The White House and a member of Abbas’s presidential team did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s email requests.

    • tapatio
    • tapatio

      Donald Trump is the most incompetent, amoral, stupid, almost certainly criminal piece of white trash to ever occupy the White House.

      BUT………….to allow a COMPETENT, amoral, criminal and religious fanatic to take Trump’s place would be even worse than leaving Trump in the White House and barricading him in as happened with the first two criminals of this new regime, after the assassination of President Kennedy. Both Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon finished their pResidencies locked in the WH, ignored and afraid to leave. That is how the filth in the White House should end his term.

      Mike Pence, the most despised, most corrupt, most religiously fanatical scum to ever occupy the Indiana governor’s office, MUST NEVER be allowed to occupy the White House………………

      https://shadowproof.com/2017/05/24/around-empire-episode-21-impeach-trump-get-president-pence-hell-no/

    • tapatio

      “When you get THAT many people in a circular firing squad, prosecution becomes an absurd idea.”

      Now, why is prosecution of 15 people “absurd”, James “Pederast” Wherry?

      A small example of the DISEASED mind of James Wherry………….
      Below is James Wherry’s comment to his local paper on the occasion of his “marriage” to a young Filipino BOY that wherry purchased…………….

      “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

      http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

      Wherry is a pretty typical example of the PSEUDO-Christian Zionists that are fanatical adherents/worshipers of the Judeo-Naz! Disease called Zionism.

    • James Wherry

      Actually, a recent New York Times article cited no less than 15 SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT SOURCES OF LEAKS in the Trump Administration.

      When you get THAT many people in a circular firing squad, prosecution becomes an absurd idea.

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        Only because the term, “President Pence”, is a worst one.

        • tapatio

          You’ll recall that, less than a month ago, the pederast and his sidekick Norm were Drumpf’s ONLY cheerleaders here.

          The fact that Trump is still alive makes me fear that Rothschild would like to see the US as a failed state. We certainly will be with four years of the orange baboon and/or its Jerry Falwell clone of a VP.

          • TecumsehUnfaced

            That’s a possibility. There’s no telling how long they might want to keep the posturing fool as a tool to milk us.

            But he is doing a good job offending and embarrassing people. Even the other swine detest him and think him a bad joke. Macron, the Rothschild step-and-fetch boy, tried to break his hand in a shake.

            I speculate that a state incapacitated by Drumpf’s progressing Alzheimer’s may be our best chance of reaching the next election in some form capable of continuing.

            I bet that Pence is busy behind the backs of Drumpf and his family preparing the others to join him in replacing Drumpf, maybe not explicitly, but pointing and emphasizing everything that would support a replacement.

            • tapatio

              I would love to see last November declared void somehow or some scenario like “Designated Survivor” – so we could start all over again.

              It’s very possible that the plan, from the start, was for Pence to replace Trump. I never saw any of Donny’s TV shows, but I’m told that he was no less stupid in those than as pResident. Hard to believe that the RNC would have let him campaign without some nefarious motive.

              • TecumsehUnfaced

                I’ve wondered about that too. I’ve seen a surmise (I forget where), that in order to get the needed support for the nomination, Trump had to accept Pence as the VP nominee.

                • tapatio

                  If Pence is a serious pseudo-Christian Zionist, he could go straight into WW III mode. Armageddon is their stated goal.

                  • TecumsehUnfaced

                    Yep, that needs to be publicized and Pence questioned on it by journalists.

                    • tapatio

                      True.

                  • TecumsehUnfaced

                    I thought I knew something about Cecil Rhodes. But when I checked, there was a lot I had missed. Africa was lucky that he died so young of a heart attack.

                    Cecil Rhodes
                    https://espressostalinist.com/genocide/cecil-rhodes-and-de-beers-genocide-diamonds/

                    • tapatio

                      Sad, though, that Rhodes wasn’t still-born.