I originally wrote the first two paragraphs of this article making fun of how "serious" Trump suddenly got about national security leaks because he, himself, has been the most dangerous leak of all. But I deleted them as I got deeper into the article because I realized that this could get very ugly, very quickly if Trump, or more importantly, those around him, have an ounce of foresight.
Right now, Trump's administration has been bumbling about trying to stem the rampant leaks divulging a nonstop flow of embarrassing and criminal behavior in the White House. But under the cover of the victims of Manchester, they can go full tilt and control the backlash if they put their minds to it. And maybe now they finally can:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he spoke with British interior minister Amber Rudd on Wednesday about the alleged leaks.
They "cannot be tolerated and we will make every effort to put an end to it," Sessions said in a statement Thursday. "We have already initiated appropriate steps to address these rampant leaks that undermine our national security."
Trump reiterated in his statement that he wants the Justice Department to review the matter and any culprits would be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
"The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling," Trump said. "These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this."
There is a case, perhaps, to be made that the NYT shouldn't have published the images but Donald Trump is the very last person to feign outrage over the presumed leak. It's screamingly obvious that he couldn't give a damn about the feelings of British intelligence and is simply using this story to distract from his own fumbling of classified information as well as to fully engage in a witch hunt to stem the flood of leaks about his corrupt and historically inept administration. The question becomes how many laws will they break to bottle up the leaks?
Personally, I'm not offended that Trump is looking to plug the numerous leaks in his administration; that's to be expected from any administration and double for corrupt ones like Trump's. My problems are that he would happily shred the Constitution to protect himself and, worse, pretend he's doing it in the name of the 22 lost lives in Manchester. I can already see Sessions justifying extreme (and extremely illegal) measures to root out leaks with a sad lament about how the leaks hampered the investigation into their murder and what kind of monster would do that, America?
Not every Reichstag Fire has to burn the building down to get the ball rolling.
There are 529 days left to the 2018 elections.
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