In a desperate attempt to undercut the credibility of the Mueller investigation, President Donald Trump and his congressional crony Devin Nunes have launched an unprecedented and dangerous effort to discover the name of a secret U.S. intelligence source so they can disclose his identity, putting his life at risk.
They know well that practical effect of disclosing the name of a secret intelligence source is that it may get him killed. It also may completely destroy the viability of other ongoing U.S. intelligence operations.
Putting the life of an FBI source is an unprecedented act of treachery by the U.S. president and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. But Trump and Nunes don’t appear to care, as long as they achieve their goal of derailing the Mueller investigation.
According to a report by the Washington Post, U.S. intelligence sources met with three different Donald Trump advisers during the 2016 presidential campaign. The three advisers were Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Sam Clovis. The sources had long been working as informants for U.S. intelligence services and were not “planted” in the Trump campaign by the FBI.
The president, however, has claimed otherwise. On Friday he tweeted:
“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!”
Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
There is an important difference between an “FBI representative implanted for political purposes” into a campaign and what really happened — the use of a longtime U.S. intelligence source to gather information.
What is unprecedented and very disturbing is that both the president and Republicans in Congress are working hard to discover the name of the secret U.S. intelligence source so they can disclose his identity.
If they do disclose the source’s identity, this will put his life at risk, and also threaten other ongoing U.S. intelligence investigations around the world.
The fact that Trump and his allies are both lying about what happened AND is also attempting to disclose confidential U.S. intelligence sources, putting lives and intelligence operations at risk, is possibly the greatest act of treason we have yet to see from this despicable administration.
We can only hope that the full extent of Their crimes will soon be made public so that justice can be done on behalf of the American people.