Trump White House in disarray amidst charges it sought to block FBI investigation into Flynn
17 May 2017
The Trump White House was under mounting pressure Tuesday in the wake of a report in the New York Times that Trump had met with FBI Director James Comey in February seeking to shut down the federal investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
It was the second media bombshell to explode in two days, following the report Monday afternoon by the Washington Post that Trump shared classified information about ISIS with two visiting Russian officials, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
In both instances, the media “exposés” actually represent attacks on Trump from within the military-intelligence apparatus. The Times report is based on material supplied by high-ranking FBI officials, while the Post article voices the concerns of officials in the CIA or National Security Agency.
The political motivation for these attacks was suggested by a question directed to White House spokesman Sean Spicer at an off-camera press “gaggle” on Tuesday, when one reporter asked him, “Sean, do you believe that this is a case of the intelligence community or elements in the intelligence community actively seeking to undermine the President and his foreign policy as he seeks to build a closer relationship with Russia?”
Spicer did not answer the question, but it has been evident for months that the driving force of the political warfare between the White House and the intelligence agencies is opposition to Trump’s moves to pull back from the CIA-led campaign to undermine and overthrow the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, as well as the broader effort to confront Russia.
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