A new book out this week from GOP political consultant Dick Morris, once Bill Clinton’s top whisperer, claims that liberal intelligence agents have teamed with “friendly” reporters to destroy the Trump presidency with leaks.
In a storyline that sounds like the left-wing version of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that Hillary Rodham Clinton said in 1998 was trying to take down her husband, Rogue Spooks: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump charges that former President Obama put the conspiracy into hyperdrive after Trump was elected.
“Their goal: destabilize Trump. Their method: Leaking to friendly reporters,” writes Moore and co-author Eileen McGann.
Trump has been repeatedly hobbled by leaks from inside the intelligence community, most from unnamed sources but some notably from top officials.
The Morris-McGann book charges that the effort by the “intel/media complex” began during the 2016 campaign. But it’s biggest effort, to publicize a phony “dossier” about Trump failed to gain traction, and Trump was elected.
At that point, they write, the Democrats, Obama and the liberals installed in the intelligence community, got the dossier publicized and continued to leak mostly on the Russia scandal story.
“From the minute Donald Trump was elected, ‘deep state’ bureaucrats still serving in the highest levels of government were leaking and plotting to destroy Donald Trump and his aides at any costs. Daily leaks of transcripts of his phone calls, diplomatic meetings, internal memos, private conversations, and intelligence reports on his associates — including his son-in-law — were eagerly fed to a hungry press,” they write in the book, published by St. Martin’s Press and provided to Secrets.
They point an accusing finger at Obama. “When Obama and his liberal allies saw Trump about to enter the White House, they decided to deploy their weapon of choice against him: leaks fro the intelligence community. Having taken care to scrub the intelligence agencies to expunge any taint of conservative thinking, these agencies were perfectly positioned to do Obama’s will,” they write on page 113.
“As the abomination of a Trump presidency neared the Oval Office, they decided to kill Trump by leaking,” they add.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org