The media has been breathlessly reporting about one scandal swirling around the Trump administration.
And now there could be a series of criminal inquiries made into the conduct of members in the government.
But the targets may shock you.
A series of leaks concerning intercepted communications between National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the Russian Ambassador led to his resignation.
Flynn maintained he only discussed sanctions with Russia in general terms and never proposed lifting the sanctions, nor had let on that Trump planned adopt a softer position toward Russia.
Much of the reporting on the topic confirmed Flynn’s claims.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
“U.S. intelligence services routinely intercept and monitor conversations with Russian diplomats, officials have said. The transcripts of the conversations don’t show Mr. Flynn made any sort of promise to lift the sanctions once Mr. Trump took office, the officials said. Rather, they show Mr. Flynn making more general comments about relations between the two countries improving under Mr. Trump, people familiar with them said.”
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the source of these illegal leaks came from Obama loyalists in and out of government:
“The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.
The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.”
So far, the Obama officials have escaped scrutiny.
But a criminal probe may finally hold them accountable.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes said the leakers “belong in jail.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said Tuesday that those who leaked the contents of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s phone calls “belong in jail.”
“That’s nine leakers that all belong in jail,” Nunes said. “Those nine people broke the law, clearly, by leaking classified information to anybody.”
Nunes also went on to say that the manner in which the information was obtained may have been illegal.
Breitbart also reports:
“Nunes said he also wanted to know how U.S. intelligence agencies were wiretapping Flynn’s calls, which he said may also have been illegal.
The chairman said there are only two ways that intelligence agencies can listen in on an American’s phone call — after obtaining a warrant, or inadvertently, such as in the case of Flynn speaking with a foreign official being spied on, which the report suggests was the case.
Nunes said “it’s pretty clear” that there was no warrant.
“It’s pretty clear that’s not the case,” he said. “I’m pretty sure the FBI didn’t have a warrant on Michael Flynn … To listen to an American’s phone call you would have to go to a court, there’d be all that paperwork there. So I’m guessing that doesn’t exist.”
Congressman Peter King also suggested that a criminal investigation into these leaks would be appropriate.
Fox News reports:
“That is a criminal action to have a wiretap of a foreign national and an American … leaked to a newspaper,” he said, adding that standard precautions should have been taken to conceal Flynn’s identity in the first place.
The bugged conversation could have been a legal wiretap of a Russian national, but the leak violated the law, he said.
“This [case] should be pursued right to the end.”
Do you believe there should be a criminal investigation into these illegal leaks which have further undermined the Trump Presidency?