President Donald Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill are calling for an investigation into leaks to the media after Michael Flynn turned in his resignation on Monday evening. According to reports from Fox News, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is demanding that the FBI conduct an inquiry into the leaks which hastened Flynn’s removal from office.
In a tweet on Tuesday, President Trump said, “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?”
In an interview with Fox News the morning after he left his position as Trump’s national security adviser, Flynn echoed the concerns of many Republicans. Asked if he thought the leaks represented a political assassination from within the intelligence community, Flynn said, “Yes, yes, and yes.”
Democrats are saying the Trump administration is simply trying to change the subject in the wake of revelations regarding Flynn’s contact with Russian officials, but this isn’t a case of trying to shift the blame. Well, not entirely. True, Trump is probably eager to move on, but these leaks cannot be ignored. Not by Trump, and not by Republicans in Congress. Our president cannot preside over an effective administration if he is surrounded by people who only want to destroy him.
And it can’t be ignored that this isn’t the first time tattlers have gone to the press. Trump’s calls with foreign leaders made headlines last week as well. Whether all of these are coming from the same source or there are multiple moles inside the White House, this is not something that can be allowed to continue indefinitely. This is the last battle cry of the Obama loyalists and the Washington establishment, and they are trying everything they can to put Trump on a first class ticket to his own resignation.
Whatever you may think about Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador (or, for that matter, Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders), the president cannot function if his every move is being leaked to the press – especially when those leaks come with an obvious bias against him.
If Trump is to fail, at least allow him to fail on his own merits. That’s the privilege we’ve given to every president before him, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be afforded the same. He was legitimately elected by the American public. By undermining him, these inside saboteurs are undermining democracy itself.