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THE BUZZ: Tipping point for anti-Trump leaks?

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Saturday, August 05, 2017 12:01 am

There have been leaks in every presidential administration. But most of them were innocuous, and many were even the result of the administration itself trying to put spin on certain issues.

The leaks in the Trump administration have been of a whole different magnitude, both in volume and importance. The president and his top staff members can't make a move without it ending up in The Washington Post or the New York Times or on CNN. It has become clear that certain people on the inside — whether they are holdover Obama staffers or never-Trump Republicans or Deep State insurgents — loath Donald Trump and will do anything to do him harm. And the press is more than happy to go along.

But this week may have seen a tipping point, a moment when even some Trump opponents are starting to say the leaks have gone too far, and it is fair to ask: Do these people hate Trump more than they love this country? Are they really willing to harm the United States?

The “leak too far” may have been the appearance in The Washington Post of the entire transcripts of presidential phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peņa Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The leaks broke faith not only with our president but with foreign leaders who expect their confidences to be kept.

So this is a national security threat. It is a crime. And it is very close to that T-word the leakers like to throw around about Trump: Treason. Luckily, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a crackdown. If it is possible, the leakers will be identified and punished appropriately. As long as the President quits badgering and humiliating Sessions and leaves him alone to do his job, of course.


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