Trump has no problem with dictators
If it appears to the reader that I’m harping on national security issues again, it’s because I am. I might even be a little obsessed. Some of the obsession has to do with critical issues touching on the 2020 election. If roles were reversed and the Obama administration was doing some of the things Trump is doing, the Republican Congressional leadership would be screaming. But the most recent event is beyond politics, beyond liberal and conservative, beyond Republican and Democrat.
The United States Government has a whistleblower statute. If someone in government sees something going on that shouldn’t be going on, he or she notifies the Inspector General for Intelligence and he investigates. He has seven days to transmit his findings to the Senate and House intelligence committees. At first, there was an attitude of noncompliance because the subject matter of the whistleblower. See, the whistleblower was complaining that someone high up had conferred with a foreign official and had made a ‘promise.” It was apparently so disconcerting that the whistleblower thought it was his or her patriotic duty to come forward. In the context of what goes on routinely in the Trump White House, that’s serious.
Days before the phone call involving the promise, Trump communicated with five foreign leaders, but knowledgeable experts are speculating that the conversation containing the promise was with Putin.
If such is the case, Trump is a national security risk. Every day, the CIA publishes the President’s Daily Brief containing important top secret information. Maybe they should consider suspending that practice. He has no business with classified information.
We can make a list of the security breaches he’s committed. He gave sensitive classified information to the Russians the day after he fired James Comey.
He met with Putin for two hours without note takers, then confiscated the translator’s notes.
At Helsinki, he sided with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies regarding Russian hacking of our 2016 election.
Generally, he has failed and refused to publicly condemn Putin as a killer and a gangster.
But the foreign leader who received the promise could be Kim Jong Un of North Korea, another international gangster who is believed to have killed his own half-brother to assume total power.
And don’t forget the Saudi Crown Prince who murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump has a love for dictators. If you will notice, he never finds fault with the authoritarian thugs, punks, assassins, and the like. Just last week, one of the intelligence agencies in Europe uncovered a plot to poison a Russian foe. It turns out that the current Russian intelligence apparatus has maintained the rather large lab going back to the KGB days. It’s used to manufacture powerful poison to use in assassinations. Trump has said little about the lab. One would expect him to stay mum.
George D. Ellis is a Benton attorney. He can be contacted at gellisinben[email protected]