As stories containing closely held intelligence details keep on coming, the White House and Congress have launched serious and expansive investigations into who is leaking information to the press.
While Press Secretary Sean Spicer said earlier this week former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn was asked to resign over an irreconcilable breach of trust, the issue of people inside government leaking damaging information for political purposes has been a main focus within the administration.
First, President Trump is livid. Over the past two days Trump has repeatedly called leaks a "criminal act" and said at the White House today, "We're going to find the leakers and they're going to pay a big price."
A new E.O. could probably change that limitation, preceded by an E.O. requiring full background checks on everyone in government.
I've been wondering the same thing. Isn't agency policy under POTUS's authority?
Agency policy is ultimately up to the POTUS... Except where specified by Congress and passed into law.
If Trump/Sessions would use the law and Constitution, he could clean the whole damn mess up forever, instead of piece-meal.
Depending on the nature of the leak, the crime could even be treasonous. While we ponder, let us NOT leave Hillary out of the spot light. God bless this President.
I recall a female journalist being held in CONTEMPT OF COURT for refusing to inform on her source as ordered by the Court... Journalist are not exempt from the penalties associated with releasing or receiving CLASSIFIED government information. I believe this precedent should be used to force disclosures, where classified information was given to news agencies...
The 1st Amendment doesn't provide cover for illegally disclosing 'classified' information... the MSM should be forced to disclose their sources or go to jail with them... In fact, journalist and publishers should be charged with espionage or treason, depending on the types of classified information released.
It is time to hold the MSM accountable for braking the laws of the US... they don't have carte blanch under the 1st Amendment to publish anything they like... they can not incite riot, engage in sedition or espionage... and they have done all three.. Trump must crack the whip by arresting a few Publishers, Editors and Journalist... prosecute, convict and jail them.
When they are found tried, they all need long jail sentences, and if Obama it was involved, and I'm sure he was he needs in the same fate.
Leaking is the biggest problem aside from opposition to Trump. Our great leader Trump needs to stop the leaking so that he can do what he needs to do, he needs to make judges compliant, and he needs to control Congress. Once he is in charge of all levers of power, we will have the supreme leader that we the people elected. Then and only then can America be great again, as it was in the past when un-American dissent was not tolerated, either.
We don't need a N. Korean regime in charge of America... No, Kim Jong-Un or anyone like him.
No, we don't really need it but how else can Trump do what he needs to do? The media criticizes him, the media demands transparency about Russia, his taxes, etc., judges derail his executive order, and Congress stymies his ideas. We the people want Trump to control the media, judges and Congress, don't we? We the people don't want opposition or dissent. Or do you suggest it is ok when the legislative, the judiciary or the media go against Trump? Are you about to start criticizing or questioning Trump?
" Late Wednesday evening, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte asked DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to do an independent, internal investigation about where leaks are coming from.
"Over the last several days, there have been a series of news articles recounting potentially classified security information. These include reports on communications of or regarding the President's former National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.)," a letter sent to Horowitz late Wednesday states.
"We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here. Federal laws, and the Constitution, distinguish law enforcement investigation authorities from intelligence collection authorities for good reason, and in neither case is collection intended to enable the government's publication of conversations surreptitiously recorded by intelligence agencies. Similarly, the release of classified national security information can, by definition, have grave effects on national security. In light of this, we request that your office begin an immediate investigation into whether classified information was mishandled here."
There's a bipartisan full court press to plug the holes. "
Obama did a number on We The People
In the White House
In the Pentengon
In the CIA