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In Defense of the 'Deep State' and a Free Press

It has come as a great surprise to learn that most of my 45 years in Washington were not spent in honorable public service but, rather, as part of the “Deep State,” an evil cabal whose mission is to resist many conservative ideas and undermine President Trump.

Those who conjured up the Deep State narrative have seen too many bad movies. Their contempt for career public servants is misinformed and dangerous.

Donald Trump

In Sharing Memos, Comey Did Nothing Wrong as a Former Official and Everything Right as a Whistleblower

The world has waited for Donald Trump’s response to yesterday’s stunning testimony from former FBI Director James Comey. Trump’s uncharacteristic restraint in holding back from tweeting yesterday apparently didn’t last long. This morning he wrote:

Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!

Secrecy & Leaks

Recent NSA Leak Arrest: A Few Observations and a Lesson

Reality Leigh Winner, a recently separated Air Force linguist and a new hire by Pluribus International Corporation as a support contractor with a Top Secret clearance, allegedly searched for and printed out a Top Secret government report, folded it up, and dropped it in the mail to an online news outlet. Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney’s office revealed her arrest in an unsealed indictment.

The Russia Connection

Leaks Aren’t the Real Story, But They Shouldn’t Be Ignored

This morning, CNN reported that

Russian government officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" information about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source.

Donald Trump

Deconstructing McMaster

After yesterday’s briefing by National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, it is clear that the Washington Post article about President Trump’s disclosure of classified information to Russian officials was accurate in all material factual respects. In fact, McMaster doggedly reiterated only that the “premise of that article” that “the President had a conversation that was inappropriate” was false. I’ll return later to the issue of appropriateness, but McMaster’s other statements are worth a close look:

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