That loud popping sound you just heard was a few hundred sphincters simultaneously snapping shut in the Metro DC area. This from Trump’s presser (or dumpster fire or whatever you want to call it) today:
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he called the Department of Justice to ask officials to investigate the source of recent leaks about his administration to the news media.
“Yes, we’re looking at them very, very serious,” Trump said, echoing some of his recent tweets condemning unflattering news stories about his administration. “I’ve gone to all of the folks in charge of the various agencies, and we’re — I’ve actually called the Justice Department to look into the leaks. Those are criminal leaks. They’re put out by people either in agencies.”
Trump is not alone. The aisles are slowing filling with people who’ve determined that the leaks that took out Mike Flynn were much more dangerous than anything that Flynn did which, right now, looks like not very much–
The intelligence official who has personally seen the transcripts told Mary Louise they contained “no evidence” of criminal wrongdoing, although the official said it can’t be definitively ruled out.
The official also said there was “absolutely nothing” in the transcripts that suggests Flynn was acting under instructions “or that the trail leads higher.”
“I don’t think [Flynn] knew he was doing anything wrong,” the official said. “Flynn talked about sanctions, but no specific promises were made. Flynn was speaking more in general ‘maybe we’ll take a look at this going forward’ terms.”
Via NBC News:
Per NBC’s Pete Williams, the FBI interviewed Flynn shortly after he took office about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, but this was part of the FBI’s bigger investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. And Williams adds, according to two sources, the FBI doesn’t believe Flynn will face legal jeopardy. One possible problem for Flynn is if he lied to FBI agents. But the people Williams spoke with don’t believe this will be a problem.
Not only do we have Jason Chaffetz, Bob Goodlatte, and Devin Nunes calling for a leak investigation, Paul Ryan is also on the leak investigation train:
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 16, 2017
And now we have POTUS, himself, calling Justice and telling them he wants heads on sticks. There are a lot of words that you can use to describe Trump and “vindictive” is definitely one of those. He is not going to let this go and that is really a good thing for the country.
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