we ought to look at comey, cos he’s the guy who is dripping all this stuff out, and its illegal to do that

National Security Chair Calls For Investigation Of Comey’s “Political Warfare”; “Purge” Of Obama Holdovers
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jul 11 2017

Last night, just as the Russian-collusion hysteria was reaching a new fevered pitch on the back of reports that Donald Trump Jr took a meeting with a Russian-born lawyer who promised juicy opposition research on Hillary Clinton, we took the opportunity to ask which was more disturbing: either that Don Jr sought opposition research on his father’s political opponent (a rather common, if utterly detestable, practice among politicians) or that various members of the Obama administration may have very well exploited FISA to unmask various members of the Trump campaign thereby effectively turning the entire intelligence apparatus into a political WMD? Well, apparently we weren’t the only ones to have had that thought. As the Washington Free Beacon points out today, Rep Ron DeSantis, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and chair of its National Security subcommittee, is urging AG Sessions to launch a full-scale investigation into Comey’s handling of a series of potentially classified memos that were leaked to the press recently as well as efforts of the Faschingstein “bureaucracy to weaponize” intelligence information.

This is not just standard Faschingstein fare. It’s happening on such a scale with this president that it’s much different. Really, it has a whiff of people inside the bureaucracy who do not accept the election results, so they’re rebelling against the elected president by leaking and doing things to damage him politically. It’s unprecedented, certainly in modern Pindosi history. The way you stop the leaks is if people are leaking info that is classified, and that’s a crime, DOJ has got to pursue that. If the bureaucracy is going to weaponize this stuff, I think Congress is going to be much less willing to give them the authority to do this. It is a big deal, and if no one is held accountable it’s going to continue to happen.

And here are his thoughts on Comey. DeSantis told the Free Beacon in a wide-ranging interview:

Congress needs to press Sessions and other people to make sure they are investigating this because the Pindo creeple need the truth. If he did violate any laws, he needs to be held accountable. If you’re violating laws in service of doing political warfare, that is just absolutely unacceptable, particularly for someone who held such a high position in the government. Not only is he leaking this stuff, not only were the memos done in the course of his employment and likely government property, he may have disclosed classified information in this quest to basically wage a vendetta against the president because the president fired him and to try and create a special counsel. This guy is really a creature of the swamp. He maneuvers around DC in ways that are very similar to how DC insiders operate. He’s one of the best in those regards. Comey has made a concerted effort to not disclose these memos. I think Congress obviously has a right to get them.

DeSantis also expressed confusion at the Trump administration’s continued unwillingness to fire Obama administration holdovers and fill the government with officials who are more willing to implement the White House’s vision. DeSantis said:

Any Obama holdover at any of these agencies, you’ve got to get them out of there because clearly they’re not on the same team and particularly on the NSC. (Any) who have been tied to these leaks should be brought before Congress and questioned about their actions. I think Congress and some members on the Intelligence Committee can call Ben Rhodes to testify. He may be able to invoke executive privilege from when Obama was president, but he definitely can’t do that in any interactions he’s had since then. (He was/is) involved with feeding journalists some of these (leaks). I believe he’s in touch with people on the NSC. It would be absolutely legitimate as part of the leak investigation to bring him in and put him under oath, and I would absolutely support doing that.

On a side note, it’s unclear if Mick Mulvaney incorporated the productivity gains into his budget that would undoubtedly arise for the country if the Trump administration were to fire all of the NYT’s anonymous sources thereby freeing people up to actually be able to focus on working during the day.

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