The issue of leakers in the White House has been a problem that Donald Trump has had to deal with ever since he was inaugurated as the President of the United States. There always seems to be at least a few individuals within the administration whose allegiances aren’t tied to the current president, and instead, to the previous administration.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), has spoken publicly about this unacceptable behavior. “It is very important whoever leaked Mike Flynn’s name go to jail,” Paul said, emphasizing “including the political people,” according to a video on ABC News.
RAND: “It is VERY important whoever leaked Mike Flynn’s name go to jail!” So why is McMaster letting Susan Rice off? pic.twitter.com/nbskRhtqn5
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On ABC News recently, Rand Paul condemned these leakers within the government. “I think that we know one thing for sure and that it’s that the Obama administration did spy on Flynn. Now whether it was direct or indirect someone was reading and taking a transcript of his phones calls and then released it. It’s very, to confidentially deal with other nations very important that whoever released that go to jail because you cannot have members of the intelligence community listened to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to the New York Times.”
Paul also said that he would demand that they all take lie detector tests, and “including the political people because some political people know about this as well, but we need to get to the bottom of who is releasing these highly classified conversations.”
These leaks are not only jeopardizing Trump’s public image, but also his ability to deal with other nations confidentially. Back in May, Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May, briefly suspended intelligence sharing with the U.S. after being outraged that classified information about the Manchester terrorist attack was leaked to US press.
These people who are sabotaging the Trump administration from within are also sabotaging our relationships with some of our closest allies as well.
Trump’s hiring of the new communications director Anthony Scaramucci was intended to put a tough-guy type figure in the White House to root out the potential leakers. He was willing to fire everybody in the communications team except for Sarah Huckabee, “I’m going to fire everybody, that’s how I’m going to do it. You’re either going to stop leaking, or you’re going to be fired. I’m committed to taking the comms shop down to Sarah and me if I can’t get the leaks to stop,” according to Politico. However, he was later dismissed by the president and his new chief of staff, John Kelly.
Ever since Trump’s election his administration has been plagued by leaks of sensitive information. Now Attorney General Sessions is going after them hard. Do you believe these leakers will feel the stinging hand of justice?
“Dealing with leaks isn’t new, but the frequency and magnitude of the leaks affecting this administration is highly unusual,” said Dov Zakheim, former Secretary of Defense under George Bush. “He’s [the president] at odds with the intelligence community, the FBI, and the media. That’s a lethal combination when it comes to leaks,” reported The Hill.
As the president struggles to come up with an effective solution to weed out these moles within the administration, we can only hope those who are perpetuating these crimes will be brought to justice.