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The Flynn case plods on. I still hope to enjoy the spectacle of rows of government liars hanging in the summer breeze, but history tempers my expectations. James Wolfe got off easy, but will all of them? Probably. I’m sure the Department of Justice is working overtime to extricate itself from the most recently exposed […]
Just when we could see the impeachment trial winding down as the President’s defense team squashed the House Managers, we learn that the John Bolton manuscript of his new book has been leaked. What a shock. The manuscript has not been quoted and the references to it have been vague. (The NY Times article is behind a paywall.)
The manuscript was sent to the National Security Council’s Records Management Division for a “standard prepublication security review” on December 30, in the belief that no classified information was included. Over the weekend, the information was conveniently leaked to the New York Times. Yet there was this report:
Sarah Tinsley, an adviser to Bolton, told Axios that the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations sent the draft manuscript only to the White House for a prepublication review by the National Security Council. ‘The ambassador has not passed the draft manuscript to anyone else. Period,’ she said.
I live in an apartment. It’s a matter of choice. My wife said we would live here and I said, “Yes, dear.” (Note: I did not say it was my choice.) It has some drawbacks, but also some items in the plus column. When something goes wrong, the Maintenance Department is only a phone call away. They have always been fairly responsive, if not always as dependable as one could want. We have been living here for nearly twenty-five years. Recently, the apartment complex was acquired by a new company, and many of the old maintenance guys seem to be retiring or disappearing with young guys coming in to replace them. Still, the quality of service is high.
The other day my lavatory wall developed a small bulge in the paint above the bathtub/shower. I had seen this sort of thing before. When a leak gets in between the wallboard and a good Latex paint, the paint holds, but bulges outward. I watched it looking for more signs over the holiday weekend. Seemed like a small and intermittent leak with just the one bulge. Didn’t figure we needed emergency maintenance. I intended to call early on Tuesday morning. But, of course, things can slip one’s mind. I didn’t remember until later on Tuesday as I saw a new paint bulge. At that time, I was running out the door. When my wife and I got home from dinner and running errands, I went upstairs and told the neighbors they probably had a leak in their tub plumbing again (the last time was probably five years ago), and I would be calling maintenance the next morning. And I did.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America briefly grouse about D.C.area drivers in inclement weather before sipping their martinis. Then, they welcome the end of the Austin mail bombing horrors as the suspect apparently blows himself up as police close in on him. They also fume as the GOP-led Congress pursues yet another omnibus spending bill with virtually no fiscal restraint in sight, leading Jim to declare that “fiscal conservatism is dead.” And they sigh as President Trump defies his staff to congratulate Vladimir Putin on “winning” his election and because a disgruntled Trump staffer then leaked classified information to the media.
The first 10 months of the Trump administration were flooded with government leaks that seemed to come from everywhere and the media and the Left were eating it up. Reports ranging from infighting and disorganization to Trump’s private meetings and telephone conversations were being leaked. But I have sensed a turn for the better in the last few weeks.
First, AG Jeff Sessions announced a stepped-up effort on leak investigations. Just last month he confirmed that there were 27 ongoing investigations into leaks. He declined to give any more information.
The Associated Press has an article headlined “Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns.” I have three simple questions about this.
- Considering that the transcripts of his conversations with world leaders routinely get maliciously and anonymously leaked to the press, does the President really need to use a secure phone?
- Is anyone else deeply concerned that the President cannot have a phone conversation with a foreign leader without the transcript being maliciously and anonymously leaked to the press?
- Does anyone really think the same media which breathlessly reports every possible piece of maliciously and anonymously leaked information gives one whit about the security of the President’s phone calls?
And a bonus question: How hard can it possibly be to figure out who is leaking transcripts of presidential phone calls? The pool of people with access to those transcripts can’t be that big.
The Manchester attack has created some interesting tensions in inter agency cooperation between the UK and USA. Finally, someone is actually getting mad at US officials leaking intelligence. And, it’s not Trump who they are blaming, go figure. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40040210 Preview Open
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to reports – and audio – of Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte getting physical with a reporter, who claims Gianforte body slammed him and broke his glasses. They also shake their heads as Manchester police stop sharing intelligence on Monday’s bombing with U.S. officials after several sensitive items were made public. And they groan as Washington Post columnist David Ignatius has already decided that the 2018 midterm elections will be all about whether to impeach Trump because he is just so very sure that Robert Mueller will recommend impeachment, Trump won’t resign and Republicans won’t pursue impeachment on their own.
A Glaring Conflict Mueller – a long legacy as an FBI man. Friendly and popular with everyone in the Bureau and DOJ. Colleague, friend, cheerleader, and mentor to his protege, James Comey. Is now in charge of investigating matters that directly involve decisions and conceivably illegal behavior by DOJ, FBI, and James Comey – institutions […]
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the IRS reportedly ignoring whether taxpayers failed to purchase health insurance in 2016. They also discuss the latest revelations surrounding Mike Flynn and the leaking to the media by career national security personnel. And they discuss the early speculation that Kid Rock may be recruited to run for U.S. Senate in Michigan.
Very interesting conversation with my friends today about the Flynn resignation. He was recorded, presumably by the FBI, while talking on the phone to the Embassy. Who was in charge when that recording was made? Obama. What was the Obama Administration doing recording that conversation and then releasing it to the MSM? Some of the […]
Read an article that wondered where “all the leaks are coming from”? Smarter people than me have probably thought of this—but how often is the White House swept for bugs, or video cameras? Your thoughts on this possibility, please! Preview Open
Sooo… The news media screams that it’s just terrible that people are able to “evade” taxes by stashing money offshore, and why the heck isn’t the government doing something about it? Oh, but no, we’re not gonna give law enforcement any of the actual information they need to do something about it, because journalism? Media didn’t have any problems revealing […]
Related to the Snowden dilemma, there is the question of news media profiting off illegally obtained information. Perhaps Snowden’s case is a poor example. So here’s another: Michelle Duggar said her family trusted the police department [which illegally leaked juvenile records]: “Our children poured out their hearts. They shared everything. And then to have their […]