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Trump, Putin Convo Leaker Could Face Criminal Charges

Speculation Now Surrounds NSC, White House Staff

“DO NOT CONGRATULATE”

This was the specific warning President Trump’s national security advisors allegedly put in his notecards Tuesday before he called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on a reelection that has been scrutinized throughout the world, according to sources who spoke to The Washington Post.

But there’s only a handful of people at the White House that would have access to the notecards, according to two U.S. government officials and a former senior official familiar with the process.

Trump, along with other senior White House staff, believe it was an inside leak and suspect it was coming from National Security Council staff, sources with knowledge stated.

“Leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal…”

“The cards are printed outside National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s office and would be collected by his team before being handed off to the president,” said the former official, familiar with the process. “It would make sense that the people who handled the cards or the national security advisors who provided the feedback to the president.”

White House officials will investigate the leaks and a senior White House Official told this reporter in a statement, “If this story is accurate, that means someone leaked the President’s briefing papers. Leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal.”

NSC officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

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The president’s conversation with Putin, which would have been in classified briefing papers, allegedly revealed that Trump chose not to follow through “talking points” provided by his aides, which instructed the president to condemn the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy living in England. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a toxic Russian nerve agent Novichok.

The British and the White House have blamed Moscow for the attacks but the leaks of Trump’s private conversation with Putin have taken precedence over the administration’s tough condemnation of Russia’s actions in Great Britain against its former spy.

Journalists and bloggers on social media are already looking for the leaker or relaying information on who may be responsible for leaking on the president.

Ari Fleischer, the former White House spokesman for President George W. Bush, said in his Twitter feed there is disloyalty in the administration and it’s “a mess.”

Some journalists, like David M. Drucker, a senior political correspondent, and CNN analyst, said on Twitter Tuesday, the leaks are wrong but blame the president for not inspiring more loyalty among his staff.

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  1. Government employees work for and owe their loyalty to the US government, not an individual, and they only leak when the person they are leaking about has lost their loyalty and respect.
    And when their loyalty to their country makes them concerned enough about the security and welfare of the United States to risk their own careers.
    What should be more concerning is not just the incredible number of leaks and leakers in the Trump administration, but the explosive information and why people are leaking.
    You rarely saw this happen in previous administrations, and for good reason.

  2. I highly doubt the leakers are loyal government employees but are instead Obama holdovers that need to be replaced.

  3. Leaking has nothing to do with loyalty to a particular POTUS. It has everythin to do with the oath one took upon gaining a Security Clearance and obeying the law. The problem is that NeverTrumps have no respect for the rule of law, much less the oath they took to uphold the Constitution. It is time for them to learn that there are consequences for their lawlessness.

  4. Obama congratulated Chavez of all dictators!

    Bowing tour, anyone?

    From Politico44 “Readout of Obama’s Call With Putin 03/09/2012:
    ”President Obama called Russian President-elect and Prime Minister Putin to congratulate him on his recent victory in the Russian Presidential election. President Obama highlighted achievements in U.S.-Russia relations over the past three years with President Medvedev, including cooperation on Afghanistan, the conclusion and ratification of the START agreement, Russia’s recent invitation to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) and cooperation on Iran. President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed that the successful reset in relations should be built upon during the coming years. The President said that he looked forward to hosting President-Elect Putin at the G-8 Summit in May at Camp David. The two leaders outlined areas for future cooperation, including strengthening trade and investment relations arising out of Russia’s pending accession to the WTO. President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue discussions on areas where the United States and Russia have differed, including Syria aand missile defense. President Obama and President-Elect Putin agreed to continue their efforts to find common ground and remove obstacles to better relations."

  5. I wonder what might be considered worse, a phone call or selling 20% of our uranium?

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