By: Zack Duvall
President Trump and his administration are the target of yet another media firestorm over “leaked” information pertaining to calls made between former Trump National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
The media pile on is being intensified by many on the left who are citing questions they raised during the primaries that ultimately led to then candidate Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, resigning early in the election cycle. The President and his press team, including Press Secretary Sean Spicer, immediately made statements at yesterday’s daily White House press conference, on Twitter and various news outlets condemning the leaks and denying any connection between President Trump and Russia, other than the formal policy relationship that the President is expected to have with the nation.
Further attacks from the media and many Democrats on Capitol Hill, include criticism of the President’s stance on Russia and questioning his “toughness” on Russian President Vladimir Putin for alleged interference in the 2016 election. Some Republicans, such as Sen. John Mccain (R-Az), are also calling for more sanctions and even tougher action against Russia, citing Russian aggression around the globe, and the fact that a Russian spy ship capable of intercepting communications is currently 30 miles off of the Connecticut coast.
Both sides however, do concede the need to prevent such leaks, and that a “leak war” would only undermine the security of our nation and its citizens. It is not a secret that the current intelligence and security communities leadership positions are filled by Obama administration holdovers.
These are the same people that targeted Tea Party members in 2010 and 2012. These are members of the same Obama Administration that stood by in 2012 as, then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton lied to the country about the facts and circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack.
The same administration whose chief attorney, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, lacked the common sense to know that meeting with the husband, Bill Clinton, of the target, Hillary Clinton, of potentially the biggest government scandal since Nixon privately on a plane was unethical. Or even worse, lacked the integrity to care.
The same intelligence community that failed to intercept the communications of the San Bernadino or Orlando terrorists, but magically had information on the communications of an Army General who opposed everything they stand for.
Forgive me if I lack any faith in their ability to do their job competently and put politics aside, or that they are leaking any of this information for the “good of the American people.”
To be fair, and honest, I hold Michael Flynn just as responsible as the people who leaked this information. They can’t leak what they don’t have, and he was completely in the wrong. He lied numerous times and is no more trustworthy than Hillary Clinton. This is the left’s email scandal, and even as politicized as it is, Republicans have to bite the bullet on this one.
This is no way completely discredits the Trump administration or presidency, nor is it grounds for impeachment as many on the left and in the media claim. It is however a situation where the initial actions were wrong, the calls and lies, but the way it was brought to light has just as many dark implications about American national security and the intelligence community as the information it exposed.