AND ADDRESSES NEW RUSSIA ALLEGATION
by Sharon Rondeau
As with virtually every decision Trump has made since his inauguration on January 20, Comey’s firing was met with a media firestorm which has continued unabated, with some suggesting that Trump overstepped his authority and is attempting a “cover-up” of his campaign’s alleged ties to Russian-government operatives.
Trump has denied the allegations.
In 1993, then-President William Jefferson Clinton fired his FBI director, William R. Sessions, without the same fanfare which Trump has received.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) suggested that Trump’s firing of Comey has ushered in a “constitutional crisis,” while left-leaning media compared it to the discovery that President Richard M. Nixon ordered the DNC headquarters “bugged,” crimes which came to be known collectively as “Watergate.”
“I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community…..” Trump wrote on Tuesday, referring to leaks of classified information which began before he took office.
Media reports published after Comey’s dismissal but before Tuesday morning suggested Trump was frustrated with Comey for failing to provide the names of the individuals from the Obama administration who requested that U.S. citizens’ names appearing in intelligence reports be “unmasked.”
One of the individuals whose name was made public and leaked to The Washington Post and The New York Times was that of Trump’s first national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret), ultimately causing Flynn to tender his resignation on February 13.
Although the ellipsis in Trump’s tweet on the subject of Comey indicated that he might have intended to continue his thought as he has often done on Twitter, no additional tweets were issued from his account prior to press time at 9:01 a.m. EDT.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, in response to the media maelstrom caused by an article at The Washington Post on Monday night alleging that Trump had leaked “highly classified” information to two Russian diplomats last week, Trump tweeted:
Some in the media, including CBS News’s White House correspondent Mark Knoller, reported that the president has the authority to declassify information if and when he chooses.
Knoller described Trump’s tweets on Russia as “leaks to the press from the intelligence community.”
The same “intelligence community” has sat by as forgeries of government documents bearing the name of Trump’s predecessor, “Barack Hussein Obama II,” have been passed off to the American public as authentic, a claim made by a former detective who carried out a five-year investigation on the issue.
Some in the media have hypothesized that “Deep State” agents have been attempting to undermine Trump’s presidency even before it began. Obama himself has urged Americans to protest Trump’s policies. Instead of returning “home” to Chicago or Hawaii, Obama and his wife are remaining in Washington, DC for the foreseeable future, ostensibly to allow their younger daughter to finish high school there.
Shortly after moving out of the White House into the rented mansion in the Kalorama section of the capital city, Obama’s former senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, moved in. While in office, Jarrett was said to be “the other half of Obama’s brain.”
On March 1, the UK Daily Mail reported that it was told by “a family friend” that “Obama’s goal is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment.”
Speculation on Tuesday included that The Washington Post published its story on Trump in order to deflect attention from breaking news about former DNC staffer Seth Conrad Rich, who was killed last summer while walking home early on a Sunday morning.
Earlier this year, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared to confirm that Rich was the source of tens of thousands of emails garnered from the DNC’s servers which showed coordination with the media on campaign coverage and a clear preference for Hillary Clinton to be the party’s nominee over Bernie Sanders.