Trump Attacks "Low-Life Leakers" After Chaffetz Requests DOJ Probe Into Source Of Leaks

Tyler Durden's picture

In his second and third tweet of the day, Trump doubled-down his attack against what he sees the biggest threat to his administration, namely the leakers who quickly disclose everything that takes place around the new president to the WaPo, NYT and CNN, and said "Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!" followed by a tweet that "The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!"

Trump's tweets were likely in response to news that late on Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Wednesday asked the DOJ's inspector general Michael Horowitz to investigate the intelligence leaks that led to the ousting of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

"Over the last several days, there have been a series of news articles recounting potentially classified national security information," Chaffetz wrote in a letter, also signed by the chair of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). In the letter Chaffetz expressed concern over "potentially classified national security information" circulated in recent news reports leading up to the resignation of the former national security adviser.

"We have serious concerns about the potential protection of classified information here ... the release of classified information can, by definition, have grave effects on national security. In light of this, we request that your office begin an immediate investigation into whether classified information was mishandled here," the lawmakers wrote.

"No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you cannot have classified information migrating out into a non-classified setting," Chaffetz said during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

"Same with Hillary Clinton, same with Donald Trump, and same with those in the intelligence world or at the Department of Justice who get to see this information," the lawmaker said. "They just can’t hand it out like candy and favors to those in the news media. Can't do it." Chaffetz also said the Oversight Committee won't probe the circumstances surrounding Flynn.

As Politico adds, Chaffetz told reporters on Tuesday, following Flynn's resignation, that he had no plans to have the Oversight Committee investigate Flynn's communications with Russian officials, saying that the situation was "working itself out."

Prior to his Thursday tweets, Donald Trump on Wednesday similarly criticized the information leaks, blasting the media for reporting on Flynn "very unfairly." And just hours before his ouster Flynn himself also denounced the leaks as "criminal" in an interview with the Daily Caller.

“You call them leaks. It’s a criminal act. This is a crime. It’s not just a wink and a nod,” Flynn told the outlet from his White House office Monday. “In some of these cases, you’re talking about stuff that’s taken off of a classified system and given to a reporter. That’s a crime."

Chaffetz' letter below (link)

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BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Stock market hits new high with longest winning streak in decades. Great level of confidence and optimism - even before tax plan rollout! -DJT @realDonaldTrump
— President Trump (@POTUS) January 27, 2017


Confidence and optimism is not a strategy.  I don't need a motivational guru, I need a president with a winning strategy.  Hoover's policy reloaded is not a winning strategy.  Repatriation failed under bush.  This is turning into a train wreck. 

Servicing the interest on the national debt is a serious issue.  If the middle class doesn't have capital to invest the economy will never grow; and if Federal Funds rate stay this low, they will never be able to acrue capital.

Don't get caught up in this theatre.  The FED is still robbing you.

cossack55's picture

It is almost like these dimwits believe this is a nation of laws.  LOL

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Who authorized the taping again? Who was the President when that happened?


Just need a name.


Do we have laws about that?

xythras's picture

TRUMP is mad at the Obama plants left in the intelligence agencies.

REPORT: Intel Agencies Keep Trump in the Dark Citing Alleged “Russian Contacts”

FIRE anyone employed since 2008 Dummy !

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) xythras Feb 16, 2017 7:38 AM

So the leaks are fake news but illegal but a coverup for Hillary? Asking for a friend ...


Don't want to go Russian to conclusions

Grimaldus's picture

A progressive MUST break the law to advance their agenda. Moar and moar are seeing it---and rejecting it.

Like I always say:

To have a crime, you must first have a progressive.







Paul Kersey's picture

If you are keeping score, the Flynn ain't in, the Puz has been squeezed out of the Trump Administration, but Trump's Goldmanites are stronger than ever. Selective leaking?

Paul Kersey's picture

Oh, yeah, a Flynn is out on his ass, but a Feinberg is in like Flynn (was).

"WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of American intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president’s worldview."

Grimaldus's picture

The score is progressives are losers and their losing momentum is picking up expotentially.

Flynn is a Democrat Obirdbrain apointee. No wonder he fucked up. No big loss there.

Goldman Sachs squids even close to the White House gives me the creeps.






swmnguy's picture

Right, because the Democrats and the self-styled "Progressives" are the ones appointing all the Goldman hacks to Trump's Administration.  Just as Obama appointed Flynn to be Trump's National Security Advisor.

You know, a competent manager would be concerned about the leaks for sure, but far more concerned about the substance behind the leaks.  If you run a tight, clean ship, the leaks expose themselves.  If you just keep trying to clamp down the lid, the leaks squirt out the seams and the other gaps.  To manage appearances, you have to have control of the substance first.

Running the government is a lot harder than it looks, especially to people who've never done anything like it before and in their mantra that government should be run like a business, continually betray their ignorance of both government and business.

Grave's picture

joonited states of america - obanana republic :p

petar's picture

He won the elections thanks to "low-life" leakers

NoDebt's picture

"FIRE anyone employed since 2008 Dummy!"

Exactly.  Scorched earth.  This whole Flynn thing has caught me a raft of shit on ZH because I support his firing, despite the fact I think he's probably one of the good guys.  If I was Trump I would never had kept him on in the first place.  They don't have to be Obama loyalists intent on directly damaging the new president.  They can be decent people just trying to do their best but they'll keep setting these guys up and hitting Trump with the bank shot from the fall-out.  

Bavarian's picture

You're right, Flynn did himself in for not being forthright to Pence.  I think he could have stayed on although I'm guessing he overstepped his authority in calling too soon.  That all said, Trump needs to move forward and take on this swamp as it's clearer who the enemy truly is at this point.

I suggest that he shut down the intel agencies who are a real threat to national security.  If they aren't sharing vital intel as they readily admit, and if they are publicly flaunting their leaking of illegal wiretapping, this is all the reason Trump needs to reign them in and shut them down as he froze the federal hiring for further review.  He can keep the military intel services (DIA included) open to provide protection to the national security.  Do we REALLY need all this extra NSA, CIA among others intact to spy on their own citizens/government?  I think not.  Shut 'em down, empty out the offices, conduct major firings and learn who and what they are really doing since they repeatedly lie and obfuscate.  Build them back up at a fraction of the staff and administrative cost with a clear goal with very strong oversight embedded.  They work for US!  Not the other way around.  They need to ask permission as to what they should be doing, not pulling strings and carrying out rogue operations for the neocons without ANY accountability.  This needs to end if we are to have a country.

dogismycopilot's picture

been a rough three days for me. i've been free basing Alex Jones. That's helped. HOLE-E-SHIT, President Trump better do something soon though. We are on the back foot. This isn't winning. 

Beowulf55's picture

"Flynn did himself in for not being forthright to Pence."

Can you show me what he was not forthright about?  I have yet to see any documentation of what it was that he lied about to Pence.

Fire everyone hired 2008 forward and then if they want their jobs back vet them by looking up every oriface they have.  And determine what they have done since 2008.  Pull every conversation they have had through the NSA.  Is't that why they are collecting data?  Then if they have committed treason, put them on trial and let the law work.

Just my two cents for what it is worth........

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Chris Dakota (not verified) NoDebt Feb 16, 2017 8:43 AM

Nobody but the people inside know what is going on in that White House.

All these conflicting reports.

I look to the eclipse of Feb 26th which is about unmasking, exposing, truth being revealed.

And it does involve spying because it is Pisces (that which is veiled) and Neptune. Washing them out

it what is going to happen due to the fixed star that is man made lakes (dams) water pourer.

Apply that to the intelligence agencies and secret cabals.

The word "leaking" used over and over again in the news.

Soon we will see.

ReZn8r's picture

the dam in Ka breaking, shit, that is just what we don't need. Crybaby liberals no stop on MSM blaming President Trump and all this internal black op shit being swept under the rug.

President Trump needs to terminate some people with EXTREME prejudice soon, like this week.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

And this is what's not being talked about, that the Trump campaign was being tapped by the NSA and the CIA many months before the election because Trump was speaking well of Putin.


Arnold's picture

Ben Rhodes

Rhodes is married to Ann Norris, chief foreign policy adviser to Senator Barbara Boxer.

TeamDepends's picture

Also rumors it was Priebus. Will try to find link. Fire them all, Mr. President.

Obadiah's picture

Crazed Patriot Alex Jones is on the case

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Maybe not so crazed.......he's the only one that got the election right.


I'm not a cult follower.....but I give credit where credit is due.

swmnguy's picture

You know somebody else who got the election right?  Michael Moore.  He was screaming at the Hillary people before the Democratic National Convention even, and he got the back of the hand because he's not the trendy Manhattan cocktail party type who gets free tickets to "Hamilton," so they didn't listen to him about working class people in the Midwest.

Obadiah's picture

Crazed  in a good way Vince.


His flippin radio show ( ap by driodworks) has the bestest of insiders and info out there.  Sure Alex is over the top and he does speak over some guests but whadda expect when WE ARE UNDER FULL SCALE ATTACK!!!!!

2weeks ago he was on with Joe Roggan and made Joes biggest day eva  and the podcast has been 'taken off and on"

DISCLIAMER: I am almost a cult follower  ; )

TheReplacement's picture

Alex Jones would be well served, as would we all, if he did the behind the scenes investigating and had someone else do the reporting.  He even admits he gets out of hand and comes off as crazed at times. This is why the CIA has well coifed agents like Anderson Cooper presenting their propaganda - just like JFK beat Nixon because he had a better presence in the TV debate.  Appearances matter to the "folks".  Isn't that right Bill O'Rly.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Crap.....I knew that was going to be a double post.

dogismycopilot's picture

I was ready to give up on President Trump. I have been freebasing Alex Jones for a couple of days now. I realize that it is Preibus who is the Judas Goat. Prince Trump is being lead to his demise by Reibus and a few others. If Ben Rhodes is part of this shit, he deserves to be scalped. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

Katie Walsh too. He is surrounded by enemies.

HockeyFool's picture

Ben Rhodes is a complete and total assclown. Would love to see him in jail raped and pillaged by the guy with the most cigarettes.

new game's picture

oh, so many moles. party change and bunnies turn into moles. one thing in common is a hole.

remember putting ones head in the hole leaves an ass buns up. beware...

lovemesomeZH's picture



he talk within the tight-knit community of retired intelligence officers was that Flynn’s sacking was a result of intelligence insiders at the CIA, NSA and National Security Council using a sophisticated “disinformation campaign” to create a crisis atmosphere. The former intel officers say the tactics hurled against Flynn over the last few months were the type of high profile hard-ball accusations previously reserved for top figures in enemy states, not for White House officials.

“This was a hit job,” charged retired Col. James Williamson, a 32-year Special Forces veteran who coordinated his operations with the intelligence community.

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Gazooks's picture


This is war by the Clinton/Soros cabal seizing the press to divert from their hedious mountain of crimes.

Time now for indictments for the massive, treasonous betrayals to the nation by these psychopaths.

In chess; maintaining initiative is essential for success and, right now, it's overwhelmingly Soros'.

Where's Sessions counter attack?

“I believe that Attorney General Sessions has no choice but to recuse himself, and then he should and must put an independent investigative authority in charge,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday afternoon.

Their strategy is clear and they are fighting to the death. Trump either responds in kind or he's done.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Gazooks Feb 16, 2017 9:46 AM

Bullshit. The AG doesn't have to recuse himself as long as his investigation runs. He would only have to recuse himself from representing the US in a criminal case involving members of his own family.

Gazooks's picture

Right you are fats.

It's mere incessant disinfo attempting to sway public perception that allows the continuing lie-based offensive. 

The key word here is offensive. Trump needs to assume it asap. It's not like he's got nothing to work with, eh?

RealityCheque's picture

"This is turning into a train wreck."

It's been 1 month.

Get a damned grip of yourself.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

The market is being pumped up by FED funny money and he's taking a victory lap.  Don't you see an issue here?

Grimaldus's picture

"This is turning into a train wreck."

My "progressive criminal media fake news talking point" meter just pegged.

Fuck off.





BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Liberals don't espouse fiscal responsibility like I am, you fucking moron.

Grimaldus's picture

Can't hide it dude, you outed your progressive self long ago.

Don't forget,

The progressive stupid, it burns.





BigFatUglyBubble's picture

You are a liar and offer no argument or evidence.


lakecity55's picture

Maybe the first real action against the Leakers, but it will take more, and fast.


Martian Moon's picture

Purge, purge, purge

stop when the leaks stop

jeff montanye's picture

indeed.  put private investigators on them if it comes to that.  the neocons have had generations to insinuate themselves into the government and they work together like a cabal.  you don't know whom to trust.

the president can do that if he wants.  in this case he may need to.  and investigate the investigators.  no one is above the law.

new game's picture

calling chuck norris?! calling hollywood, send us your best...

RovingGrokster's picture

War! Destroy DC!
Perhaps the new regime will rule from Mar-a-Lago, with Congress meeting in a non-air conditioned hall nearby. It will be easier to defend than that white building in the middle of the swamp!

Global Hunter's picture

I like the way you are thinking but they have some vulnerable flanks down there.  I'd suggest your idea but move it to the middle of the country somewhere like Oklahoma or Kansas...or Kentucky!