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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

POTUS, GOP lawmakers check for "illegal" leaks

Now that Michael Flynn has resigned as national security adviser after politically fatal talks with a Russian diplomat, President Trump and GOP allies are looking at the possibility of "illegal" leaks in those discussions.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) wants the FBI to get involved and conduct an assessment of recent media leaks.

Hillary Clinton has yet to tweet to any possible anonymous leaker not to worry--it's only the FBI, after all.

Mr. Trump accepted Flynn's resignation Monday night and tweeted Tuesday morning: "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?"

He failed to add a tag-word such as: "Angry!" or "Sad!" He also didn't reveal to whom the question was addressed.

Confused!

Flynn was asked by Fox News Tuesday morning whether the leaks were targeted, coordinated and possibly a violation of the law, and he responded: "Yes, yes and yes."

Other recent leaks have revealed details from calls between President Trump and the leaders from Australia and Mexico as well as from the intelligence community investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential campaign.

Whoever is leaking this sensitive information, need to be indicted and tried.

Nunes is going to "be asking the FBI to do an assessment of this to tell us what's going on here because we cannot continue to have these leaks as a government."

Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman said that "somebody in the nebulous intelligence community" would have had access to the Flynn discussions.

"Who tapped the phones, who was listening to it, who leaked it? I think those are legitimate questions to ask," Johnson told Fox News. "Leaks of this nature are incredibly damaging to America . . . and we need to look into it."

A congressional source told Fox News they believe the intelligence was known to a small circle of Obama administration officials and appointees at the end of last year. This includes some people working in the intelligence community. The source said the leaks were targeted and coordinated to undermine the Trump administration.

And if the leaker undermined national security in the process, well, you have to break some eggs to make a president fail.

True to form, House Democrats aren't really interested in the leaker, only in Flynn's contact with Russia.

Both are relevant.