Earlier this month, Mark Meadows, a U.S. Representative from North Carolina, wrote a letter to Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, expressing concern over the “media leak strategy” of Peter Strzok, a former FBI agent, and Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer. The letter refers to the recent appearance of documents that raise “grave concerns regarding an apparent systemic culture of media leaking by high-ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ related to ongoing investigations” into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The documents are potentially harmful to President Donald Trump’s administration.
Indeed, leaks of confidential and classified information from the current White House, the Department of Justice, and FBI to media outlets have reached such proportions that it seems some inside officials are at work to undermine President Trump.
“The exit this week of junior White House communications staffer Kelly Sadler — nearly a month after she privately made disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — illustrates the extent of the problem,” according to an article by Jordan Fabian in The Hill.
Sadler was fired only after she reportedly accused her own supervisor of leaking inside information during an Oval Office meeting where Trump was present.
In a story in The Federalist, writer Lee Smith goes to the extent of saying a “trail of evidence appearing in major news outlets” seems to show not only a sustained drive to undermine President Trump from within the government but also to “thwart congressional investigators probing the disclosures.”
In light of certain text messages between Strzok and Page, Rep. Meadows, in this letter, urges Rosenstein to review text messages, emails, and other written communication from FBI and DOJ officials Stu Evans, Mike Kortan, and Joe Pientka between June 2016 and June 2017.
The culture of leaks seems to have started during former President Barack Obama time, but has intensified during Trump’s presidency. Clearly, something needs to be done to check the spread of this scourge.