A former Trump campaign aide called for two Axios reporters to be investigated for working with a White House official who leaked the president’s daily schedules to them.
Over the weekend, Axios’ Alexi McCammond revealed that she and her colleague Jonathan Swan had been in contact with a White House insider for three months who revealed the president’s private schedules to them.
— Lazaro Gamio (@LazaroGamio) February 3, 2019
In the aftermath, conversations surrounding Trump’s so-called “executive time” — which appears to often be filled with TV-watching and tweeting — have dominated cable news conversations.
During an appearance on CNN Monday afternoon, onetime Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo raised concerns about “criminal leakers” in the Donald Trump’s administration. He also added that McCammond and Swan should be investigated.
The reporters, Caputo added, should be treated as harshly as journalists who corresponded with leakers were during Barack Obama’s administration.
“Let’s go back in Alexi and Jonathan’s emails two years like Obama did, let’s go through all their phone records, let’s pull their bank records, let’s pull their credit reports, let’s look at their parents’ emails like they did to [investigated Fox News reporter James] Rosen,” he said. “Find out who did this!”
“If Barack Obama can do that,” Caputo added, “let’s put Donald Trump’s people to work to find out who this criminal leaker is.”
The Washington Post reported in 2013 that Rosen was investigated by the Obama-era Justice Department after he was named a probable co-conspirator in a case that involved spying on State Department security adviser Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. The case was opened after information was leaked from within the State Department.
“This is a federal crime — a national security crime,” Caputo later said.
Here is why these Nevadans are betting on Sanders
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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance crushed any hopes former Donald Trump associate Roger Stone might have that his prison sentence will be voided due to comments made by the presiding judge in his federal trial.
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You’re a frog in a pot and Donald Trump is turning up the heat
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
"Trump has instructed his White House to identify and force out officials across his administration who are not seen as sufficiently loyal," reported The Washington Post this week. It's one element in "a post-impeachment escalation that administration officials say reflects a new phase of a campaign of retribution and restructuring ahead of the November election." It's unclear what criteria they are using to define loyalty to this president*, but it's important to understand a few things about this story.