A political hit job was just carried out against the Trump White House, and the fate of the victims is yet to be determined.
Last week, the far-left New York Times — which long ago abandoned any pretense of being unbiased or having journalistic standards — acted as the smear agent for unnamed “American officials,” and printed a piece that Pravda of the former Soviet Union could have only hoped to emulate.
The article, titled “2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports,” was meant to damage the credibility of Congressman Devin Nunes, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, while specifically targeting two of President Trump’s most loyal White House aides.
As the New York Times noted, Chairman Nunes refused to identify his sources regarding his proof of Trump employees and campaign officials being under the surveillance of American intelligence operatives and then having the names of those employees and campaign officials illegally unmasked in violation of U.S. law.
An “unmasking” former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice is now doing a tap dance all around.
The New York Times was more than happy to break that confidence. But, as the newspaper makes clear in its own article, they were doing so in conjunction with those murky and unnamed American officials.
Said the Times in leaking the names: “Several current American officials identified the White House officials as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s Office and was previously counsel to Mr. Nunes’s committee.”
It should be noted and stressed that, not by coincidence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick — described as “a true American patriot and an outstanding intelligence analyst” by several people I spoke with — had been the target of these same unnamed and murky “American officials” a few weeks earlier.
As detailed on March 14 in an article titled “Trump steps in to keep 30-year-old NSC aide,” the left-of-center news site Politico outlines how on March 10 National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster allegedly told Cohen-Watnick that “he would be moved to another position in the organization.”
Politico then further reported that the “conversation followed weeks of pressure from career officials at the CIA who had expressed reservations about the 30-year-old intelligence operative and pushed for his ouster.”
The piece then cuts to the chase when it quotes another intelligence operative as to why certain individuals at the CIA wanted Cohen-Watnick removed. It reports that Cohen-Watnick and his previous boss, Michael Flynn, saw “eye-to-eye about the failings of the CIA human intelligence operations. … The CIA saw (Cohen-Watnick) as a threat, so they tried to unseat him and replace him with an agency loyalist.”
If true, those would be the actions of a police state and should send chills down the spines of anyone in or out of government who still cares about ethics and our Constitution.
For me personally, I don’t believe there is any government agency more critical to the welfare of our national security than the Central Intelligence Agency. Its field operatives are — anonymously — beyond heroic, and with Mike Pompeo as the new DCI, the agency could not be in more capable or ethical hands.
That said, it would be foolish and professionally irresponsible not to acknowledge that there could be career operatives within the CIA — or any of our intelligence agencies — who, out of some twisted and misplaced loyalty to Barack Obama and his failed policies, are working in the shadows to damage the Trump White House and those tasked with carrying out the policies of President Trump.
Surely, Director Pompeo will want to know if such unethical and potentially illegal actions are taking place on his watch.
As detailed by Politico, three weeks ago, unnamed and murky “American officials” tried and failed to take Ezra Cohen-Watnick out. Refusing to give up, they turned to the New York Times to assist them with their dirty work.
According to the report, Senior White House Advisors Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner — with the blessing of President Trump — stepped in to personally protect Cohen-Watnick.
Should that be the case, they need to do so again to protect not only Cohen-Watnick, but Michael Ellis as well.
The New York Times story was nothing more than a vile political hit job carried out for partisan reasons, and if Cohen-Watnick and Ellis are not protected, then the deep-state operatives working out of the shadows will have won.
The liberal mainstream media and their allies have long decried the creation of “enemies lists” and the punishment of those on such lists.
Now, for their own partisan and ideological reasons, they employ them.
Source, Investors Business Daily.