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Deep Stategate: The Sweetheart Leaks

So here’s the headline from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, as reported after his appearance on Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures show:

FBI informant news ‘mother of all leaks,’ House Intel Committee Chair Nunes says

The report says, in part, this:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday the news regarding an FBI informant’s alleged interactions with the Trump campaign was the “mother of all leaks.”

Nunes, R-Calif., didn’t specifically list newspapers, but was likely referring to a story published Friday by the New York Times, which said the FBI sent an informant to meet with Trump campaign advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page after the agency received evidence that the two had ties to Russia. The Times described the informant as “an American academic who teaches in Britain,” though the paper said it “typically does not name informants to preserve their safety.

… Nunes had subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this month, asking the agency to turn over documents related to the source. The agency declined to turn over information, saying the results could put the informant — and their sources — in harm’s way.

… Both Nunes and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who also sits on the Intelligence Committee, were invited by the Justice Department to meet on Friday morning, though neither attended.

“We said, look, unless we’re gonna get documents — we found out Thursday night they’re not going to provide documents — so therefore we’re not going to go. Now, if you look what happened on Friday night — probably the mother of all leaks of all time to two major newspapers that came out late Friday night. Had Mr. Gowdy and I went to that meeting, you can bet they would have tried to pin that on us.”

Exactly. Note that back in March in this space the subject was “The Deep State Media Game.

In which I said this, bold print supplied:

Let’s recall that what got us to this point is that when to their horror, the friends of Hillary in various government agencies like the FBI, the CIA and the NIA realized she had lost and Donald Trump was in fact set to be the next president, they set to work. The critical part is the Trump/Russia collusion narrative would not have worked unless the likes of Brennan/CIA, Clapper/NIA/ and Comey/McCabe/Strzok from the FBI started feeding leaks to various friendlies in the media. Everybody leaked to the media and they had their constituency with this or that favorite reporter. The question now: Is this still going on? Based on the evidence, the answer is yes.

This was written in March. And here we are with June days away and there is Congressman Nunes saying, flat out, that:

“Now, if you look what happened on Friday night — probably the mother of all leaks of all time to two major newspapers that came out late Friday night. Had Mr. Gowdy and I went to that meeting, you can bet they would have tried to pin that on us.”

Here’s the question, plain and simple, for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Do you gentlemen have any control over your own press shops? Over the agencies you are in charge of?

Because it is crystal clear that over and over again anti-Trump leaks are spilling out of some combination of the Department of Justice and the FBI. Leaks that mysteriously seem to go only in one direction: to anti-Trump media outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Worse? Quite clearly documents have been withheld from Chairman Nunes and others who have an oversight responsibility for the three permanent agencies — DOJ, the FBI and the NIA. Hence the Sunday tweet from the President, who is determined to correctly show who is the real boss in any administration: that would be the President. Tweeted the President:

I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!


Thus the hour arrived Monday afternoon, as Sara Carter reported here, bold print supplied:

President Trump is meeting Monday with Senior FBI, DOJ and DNI officials at the White House to discuss classified documentation requested by the House Intelligence Committee and whether or not members of the Obama administration authorized the use of a long-time informant of the CIA and FBI to investigate members of his 2016 campaign. The meeting came on the heels of the President’s demand Sunday for the Justice Department to investigate the FBI’s operation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, which included surveillance of members of the Trump campaign.

And this meeting is crucial because it will be a major opportunity for the President to order the Justice Department and FBI to turn over classified information requested by the House Intelligence Committee that may finally lead to the answers related to the scope of the FBI’s surveillance on the Trump campaign. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will be at the White House to discuss the classified nature of the request by the committee and they will argue against the disclosure of the documents.

All of which is to say the President has had enough. More than enough. Now he is going to have these people sit in the same room, face-to-face, and start getting to the bottom of all this nonsense.

What Americans have been witnessing for months since the start of the Trump administration has been a seriously Deep State effort to play the media by selective sweetheart leaks. Carter gets it exactly and reports:

Over the past week, a mountain of leaks regarding classified information regarding the FBI’s operation into the Trump campaign have been shared with The Washington Post and The New York Times. Many lawmakers and sources closely connected to the FBI and DOJ this reporter has spoken with believe the leaks came from the DOJ and Bureau in an effort to stay ahead of the story and frame the narrative.

Catch that phrase “stay ahead of the story and frame the narrative”? That is exactly the game that is being played. The leaks are designed to do just that — and withholding un-redacted documents from senior Members of Congress is a key part of the narrative framing game. If the DOJ and the FBI are selectively leaking sweetheart stories to media pals — while withholding documents from Congress not because they contain classified information but rather embarrassing truths about how this game has been played — then the President is in effect being targeted by his own bureaucracy in what can only be called an attempt at a coup d’état. As also said in that March column: “Did the New York Times and the Washington Post get priority over the Committees of Congress that had jurisdiction on these matters?” Americans have a right to know.

Shocking, yes? No.

Americans will soon learn from the President what he feels he can reveal — and more to the point whether this is about secrets or embarrassment. Is this about the truth? Or protecting people with names like ex-FBI Director James Comey, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, ex-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and ex-DIA head James Clapper. Sad as it is to say, there is, with reason, a massive amount of distrust by Americans in these bureaucratic fiefdoms as led by these Obama cronies — with reason.

Here is Nunes to Bartiromo in an exchange that explains exactly why the distrust: “If any of that is true — if they ran a spy ring or an informant ring and they were paying people within the Trump campaign — if any of that is true, that is an absolute red line.… You can’t do this to political campaigns….”

To borrow from Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men — the American people want the truth. About everything, including the sweetheart stories leaked to anti-Trump media.

They can handle it.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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