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The investigation into what many are saying is a White House that has so many uncontrolled leaks that it’s been offered a role in an upcoming Depends commercial continues.
The latest member of Congress to say there’s no way the White House didn’t have anything to do with the leaks is Rep. Peter King:
Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King (R-NY), sat down with Jamie Colby today on America’s News HQ to discuss the investigation into the leaks on counter-terrorism programs. Congressman King said, “This is the most shameful cascade of leaks I’ve ever heard or seen in government. We’re not talking about an incidental leak coming out … We’re talking about leaks involving two of the most sensitive programs in the United States government.”
He said it’s “clear” from those stories published in The New York Times that the information “came from the White House, came right from the National Security Council, came right from the Situation Room.” Rep. King continued, “For the president to say he’s outraged by this … how come he said nothing about it until a few of us, including John McCain, stood up and took him to task for it.”
But it’s not just Republicans. Before anybody concludes that this is some sort of GOP witch-hunt for reasons of pure politics, this story is catching the attention of Democrats too.
“I think what we’re seeing, Wolf, is an Anschluss, an avalanche of leaks. And it’s very, very disturbing. You know, it — it’s dismayed our allies. It puts American lives in jeopardy. It puts our nation’s security in jeopardy.
And if you look at terrorism, intelligence is fundamental to knowing what’s going to happen and prevent it from happening in the first place.
So I think the FBI should continue its investigation. We’re going to do ours. I think Armed Services has announced an investigation.
…I can tell you where lives have been endangered.
…I’ve been on the Intelligence Committee for 11 years and I have never seen it worse, I can tell you that.”
Democratic Maryland Rep. and House Intelligence Committee ranking member Dutch Ruppersberger is also following the leak trail.
Obama isn’t the magical, mythical force he was in 2008. He’s making Democrats nervous, and many of them are not going to go down on the ship with him this year.
So, who is most likely to have been spilling the national security beans to the press (::cough:: “Plugs” ::cough::)? Well, Obama would have something to gain by these leaks that show aggressive measures against terrorists and rogue nations overseas. But at the same time, that would be a dangerous game to play and could even culminate in costing Obama the re-nomination from his own party if it’s proven the leaks came from the White House. Either the White House leaked the info to make Obama look good, or somebody else leaked it to make it look that way and put Obama’s presidency at risk. Who would do that?
What do you think about all this, Hillary? Hillary?