Spraying out faster than water from a firehose, President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey has set off a new blast of “internal leaks” that are allegedly coming from the mouths of “insiders.” Just look around today and see all the mainstream media outlets — each is filled with stories citing “unnamed sources.”
Our very own DML says, “They want to control the narrative. They want to pin false stories on Trump, and so they spin out of control by pumping out their own versions of the truth about how and why Trump fired Comey. It’s equal parts sad and pathetic.”
DML is not alone. Today, news publisher TheHill.com, which often ties to report news from both sides of the aisle, reported, “Media reports about the run-up to Trump’s decision paint him as isolated and consumed by anger and paranoia, prompting questions from Trump allies about whose interests these government officials had in mind when they spoke to the press.”
Hearkening back to the anonymous leaks coming out of federal agencies in the early days of the administration, the recent conflict with Comey has apparently caused Justice Department and the FBI leakers and spin doctors to get back to work. Citing anonymous “sources close to Comey” or unnamed “lawmakers in touch with the FBI and DOJ,” media outlets are spewing innuendo that follows a narrative that “Comey was fired because the administration felt the noose tightening on the Russia investigation.”
Making it look as though the White House is surrounded by critics on the outside and divided by disloyal leakers on the inside, media pundits are talking to anyone who claims to be tied to the administration.
The Hill’s report quotes “one former transition team official with close ties to the administration” as saying that the White House is in “total chaos.” The unnamed official goes on to say, “It’s image-making on the inside and people trying to protect themselves. There is a deep streak of paranoia among staff. The communications team s— the bed on the Comey firing and now the war with the FBI has them all scared and throwing each other under the bus. Thank God I don’t work there. If I did, I’d be dialing up my attorney.”
Calling them “behind-the-scenes stories,” news outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post are describing Trump’s decision to fire Comey as the result of “festering anger at the FBI director for failing to prioritize leaks coming out of the bureau over the investigation into allegations Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russians during the election.”
Fuming over the “timing” of the firing, media outlets have been nitpicking every detail of what went down, when the decision was made and who actually made it as Trump is painted as an irate demagogue who lies the moment he opens his mouth. His administration is being portrayed as a bunch of schoolyard bullies who are constantly at odds with each other when they’re not being told off by Trump.
CNN repeatedly reports that White House press secretary Sean Spicer is about to be fired by Trump, but Trump himself has said, “The real story is the surveillance but my comms people can’t get it out.”
Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report made the observation that White House leaking is a new development now that Trump is in office. “We never got 1 damaging leak out of Obama White House staff in 8 yrs. Under Trump, they appear hourly. BIG DANGER: Small leaks sink ships!!,” Drudge said in a flurry of tweets.
We never got 1 damaging leak out of Obama White House staff in 8 yrs. Under Trump, they appear hourly. BIG DANGER: Small leaks sink ships!!
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 10, 2017
“Trump advisers leaking to media are now deliberately sabotaging presidency. Major house cleaning needed for survival. Leaks on hour, every hour, will destroy Trump presidency. There’s a Trojan horse plotting within the inner circle!”
Leaks on hour, every hour, will destroy Trump presidency. There's a Trojan horse plotting within the inner circle!https://t.co/tWdfDjlUX1
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 11, 2017
In a public hearing, Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe had to dispute a false narrative in which Comey had reportedly asked for more resources and money for the Russia investigation just before he was fired.
CNN’s Jake Tapper cited anonymous “sources close to Comey” who claimed that the FBI director was fired because “the investigation into potential ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia was accelerating.”
“Do we now have to worry about deep state officials that gather intelligence are going to go after Americans and the president politically, or the FBI, some that don’t like him might be leaking to hurt this president?” asked conservative pundit Sean Hannity on his Wednesday night show.
According to Dov Zakheim, a former Defense official in George W. Bush’s administration, “Should the administration be perceived as trying to influence, stall or undermine the investigation, there will be Justice lawyers and/or FBI agents or both who will see it as their patriotic duty and ethical imperative to leak to the press.”
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