WHITE HOUSE LEAK CAME FROM NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM HEADED BY H.R. McMASTERS
After one year, you would think that President Trump had the White House leaks taken care of, but that doesn’t seem to be the fact.
According to Rep. Mark Meadows, he seems to know where President Trump’s leak is coming from. It looks like the National Security Team itself. If he’s right, Trump’s got a bigger problem on his staff than he thought.
You see this time, the White House leaker might have gone just too far for his own good. Now, it could be a national security issue! Looks like out with the old, in with the new.
TRUMP IGNORED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS
The word is that Trump ignored the written advice of his national security advisers to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his rigged election win. The phone call happened on Tuesday and had the nation’s capital in an uproar this week. It also had some top Republicans saying there is only a short list of possible sources for the leak.
It looks like National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is going to have a lot to answer for.
It was a scene reminiscent of the earliest days of the Trump White House, when leaks to the media were occurring on a daily basis.
President Trump had barely talked publicly about the phone call during a joint news conference in the Oval Office with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman before The Washington Post reported the leak.
According to the Post, Trump ignored “specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE,’ according to officials familiar with the call.”
Obviously, those “officials familiar with the call” probably weren’t supposed to go blabbing about their insights to the media, much less the anti-Trump Washington Post. Obviously, there has to be a very small number of people who could have known enough about the situation to talk.
THE LEAK – MIGHT BE A NATIONAL SECURITY CRIME
What might not be so obvious, though, is that the leak itself might be a crime.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, Chairman of the Conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters at a Heritage Foundation event on Wednesday that the leak “had to” come from the White House national security team headed by McMaster, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Here’s the big deal. If you’ve got the national security council team leaking to the press, that’s a big deal,” Rep. Meadows said at a “Conversations with Conservatives” panel.
Then, Meadows added, “Quite frankly, some of the other stuff they’ve leaked is actually a crime.”
Of course it’s no suprise that McMaster has been under fire inside and outside the White House. There have been reports that McMasters will be dumped. But every time a report surfaces, the administration denies it.
Rep. Meadows shrugged off the call, and said that there is no evidence it will impact U.S.-Russia policy. Meadows also noted that former President Barack Obama also called foreign leaders approved in questionable elections including Putin.
“I’m probably more concerned about leaks within the administration. You have to understand that it would be like my chief of staff leaking information that we had in a conversation on anything. Whether it’s [Trump’s call] appropriate or not appropriate, there’s a bigger concern there within the West Wing if you’ve got people on the national security team that have leaked. That’s where it had to have come from. It’s a very small group of people that would of even had any knowledge of that,” Meadows said.
Among other lawmakers, the substance of the call was more important. Arizona Sen. John McCain, for instance criticized the call as giving Putin’s re-election a democratic legitimacy that it didn’t deserve. But they’re missing the point.
Trump has been tougher on Russia than the doormat presidency of Barack Obama ever was. Even Rep. Trey Gowdy pointed out on Fox News on Sunday, that doesn’t mean that Trump can’t talk to the hard case in the Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin is going to be the leader of Russia for the foreseeable future. A shared phone call between the president of Russia and the president of the United States doesn’t mean the countries are friends, any more than contacts between previous American presidents and the dictators of the Soviet Union would have meant both sides weren’t fighting the Cold War to the death.
But if the supposedly private counsel a president receives is going to be published by The Washington Post or some other news outlet in virtually real time, the Trump White House – and the country as a whole – has a real problem on its hands.
THE PROBLEM – NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MCMASTER
And that problem seems to be deep inside National Security Advisor McMaster’s wheelhouse. It’s just the latest time McMaster has been in the spotlight, and it’s rarely a good sign. When prominent conservative Sebastian Gorka left the Trump White House in August, for instance, his clashes with McMaster were considered to have played a key role.
John Bolton will take office April 9 and has met regularly with Trump to discuss foreign policy. He was also on a short list of candidates for national security adviser. He was in the West Wing with Mr. Trump to discuss the job on Thursday.
So as far as Trump’s National Security Team and Adviser McMasters, it’s out with old, in with the new.
Resource: Conservative Tribune