Thursday, March 30, 2017

More Washington dirty tricks

Powerline has the word.

On February 24, AP reporters Vivian Salama and Alicia Caldwell published an AP “exclusive”: “DHS report disputes threat from banned nations.” The story was based on an anonymous draft Department of Homeland Services document that was leaked to the Associated Press, presumably by someone at DHS. The document seemed to have been created for the express purpose of undermining President Trump’s travel order. Indeed, it likely was created for that purpose.

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The two judges who issued orders blocking implementation of the president’s travel ban relied explicitly on the AP story and the leaked DHS document.

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The draft report came from DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, which was headed by David Grannis, an Obama holdover bureaucrat. Grannis is a partisan Democrat who previously worked as a staffer for Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Jane Harman. A DHS spokesman “would neither confirm nor deny that Grannis was the author of, or had reviewed, the leaked document….”

How about the reporters? It pretty much goes without saying that AP reporters are Democrats. But Leahy also points out that Vivian Salama formerly worked for Rolling Stone, where she wrote that Yemen–one of the countries covered by the travel order–“holds a special place in my heart.” She has bitterly denounced U.S. drone strikes in Yemen.

So it appears that what happened here is that Democratic Party activists in the Department of Homeland Security either created a bogus document or dug up a poorly-researched draft document that had never been issued, and fed it to Democratic Party activists at the Associated Press. The Democratic Party activists at the AP published a story based on the anonymous document, which two Democratic Party activists on the bench used as a pretext for orders enjoining the president’s travel order.

There's more at the link.

If this is true, then not only should heads roll at DHS and the AP, but there should be impeachments of the judges concerned.  However, knowing the way things usually get done in Washington, I won't hold my breath waiting for that . . .



Anonymous said...

So, business as usual.

WTF are you getting so worked up about?


SiGraybeard said...

By rough count, there must be half a dozen Obama appointees and administration hacks that committed about two dozen felonies in these leaks. I know with absolute certainty that you or I would be in jail if we had done any one of these, but I'll bet that none of them ever pay any penalty at all.

It's the definition of tyranny: one set of laws for the common people, another for the anointed.

But as Anonymous said, "business as usual".

nono said...

"The two judges who issued orders blocking implementation of the president’s travel ban relied explicitly on the AP story and the leaked DHS document."

Those judges need to be impeached, if that is what they based their ruling on. Judges can only rule on the law or official policy papers not some piece of paper of unknown origin.

Timbo said...

I really want to think that this is president Trump supplying them with all the rope they need to hang them selves