Well, at least now we know where the loyalties of the Democratic Party lie. When American intelligence leaks were harming the U.S. government – i.e. the Trump administration – Democrats had nothing to say about it. When it was revealed that Obama’s national security adviser had unmasked the names of U.S. citizens caught up in foreign surveillance, Democrats said it was just a bunch of conservative-media malarkey.
Oh, but when the Brits got mad? NOW the Democrats suddenly believe that these leaks need to be investigated.
On Thursday, Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, took time out from his nightly bashing of Trump on the Rachel Maddow show to finally express outrage over the leaks.
“We must take any steps necessary to remedy this problem immediately,” said Schiff in a stunning turnaround. “The British government has every right to be furious. The United Kingdom is one of our best intelligence partners, and the intel-sharing relationship is critical to our security and theirs. Any break or deviation from that relationship or the profound trust we have in the British and they have in us would be a grave loss for both countries.”
The fresh outrage comes after The New York Times published details of the Manchester terrorist attack that came from British intelligence that had been shared with U.S. officials. Following the leak, the U.K. temporarily suspended that sharing, blasting the U.S. government for damaging the “special relationship” between our two countries.
In Brussels for a NATO summit, President Trump said, “These leaks have been going on for a long time and my administration will get to the bottom of this. The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.”
Well, at long last it appears he’ll actually get some help in that regard. Democrats, who were happy to celebrate and promote every leak that made Trump look bad, are now finally ready to shore up our national security. Of course, they will undoubtedly try to do so while sparing those who have helped them build their public-opinion case against the president. After all, leaks are just fine if they are used against Republicans – especially Republicans named Trump.
This should be a lesson to the Democrats and the media about what happens when you start playing politics with matter of law.
Somehow, though, we doubt they’ll learn it.