So, here we have the first big resignation of the President Donald Trump era.
If you hadn’t heard, Michael Flynn has resigned as national security adviser, which is a very big deal, as we’re talking about a senior member of the new administration.
But as usual, nothing in politics is cut and dry.
In the wake of this event, President Trump and Republicans in Washington are starting to investigate “illegal leaks” revealed during Flynn’s “politically fatal discussions with a Russian diplomat.”
He may have shared ultra-sensitive details, which is no good, of course. Fox News now reports that Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. wants the FBI to start looking into recent media leaks.
As for Trump, he recently Tweeted the following:
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
When asked by Fox News if the leaks “were targeted, coordinated and possibly a violation of the law, Flynn simply replied: “Yes, yes and yes.”
Flynn resigned after reports surfaced that he’d spoken with the Russian ambassador about sanctions, after giving Vice President Mike Pence “incomplete information.”
These are big no-nos, as they represent a breach of diplomatic protocol and might even violate the Logan Act, a law that’s supposed to keep private citizens from conducting U.S. diplomacy.
The question here, however, is the leak itself. Sometimes a leak can be a GOOD thing, like when it exposes former presidents for various frauds, crimes, etc. But this is more about national security than anything else.
“If [the Flynn conversation] was picked up inadvertently, then that would have had to have been approved by someone in the last administration to actually unmask his name so that the FBI or intelligence officials knew who it was on the other end of the phone talking to the Russian ambassador.
If, in fact, the press reports are right, someone made the decision to deliberately listen to General Flynn’s phone calls and that is, I think, unprecedented, unwarranted and flat-out wrong.”
Nunes says he will be requesting that the FBI “do an assessment of this to tell us what’s going on here because we cannot continue to have these leaks as a government.”
Well, THAT goes without saying.
I wonder what they’ll find…