White House Leaks More Destructive to Nation Than President’s Lies

(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) The release of transcripts of President Trump’s January conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia led to two inescapable conclusions, according to observers across the political spectrum.

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The conclusion of lesser importance, believe it or not, was that Trump again was caught in an incontrovertible lie.

The conclusion of greater importance, one to which even some of Trump’s harshest critics attest, is that the leaking of the transcripts was probably criminal and is certainly dangerous to American security.

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First, and only very briefly, the lie:

After reports surfaced that these particular phone calls with allied leaders involved a peevish Trump creating an unseemly verbal confrontation that was inappropriate for the circumstances, Trump insisted that the Australian call in particular was a “very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about.” But in truth the news was real and Trump’s Tweet was untruthful. As the transcripts reveal Trump said himself, before abruptly ending the conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, “this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.”

Even so, many analysts agree that Trump’s public fib was nowhere near as dangerous as was the leak of the transcript that proved he was fibbing.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a frequent Trump critic, had these comments: “I think it really is a disservice to the president this happened. Could you imagine being president of the United States, having a conversation with a foreign leader and that conversation being divulged to the media? It’s just not fair to President Trump.”

Graham went onto to state, according to the Daily Caller, that he hopes the leaker is caught and “punished.”

“You just can’t have people in the government, working for the president, picking and choosing what to leak,” Graham said. “That’s just wrong.”

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National Review writer David French, such a critic of Trump that he came close to running against him as an independent candidate last year, also blasted the leaker more than Trump: “The leaker didn’t just break faith with the president; he broke faith with allied foreign leaders who also have their own legitimate interests in confidential communications. Should future presidents and allies now wonder if their communications will be highlighted, dissected, and splashed across the web? The leaker endangered the integrity of presidential communications….”

At Fox News online, reporter Alex Pappas found at least two former federal prosecutors and another Trump-averse Republican senator who all said they thought the leak likely was a criminal offense.

“The series of acts involving release of notes of the president’s conversations with foreign leaders, and these transcripts, are a serious threat to national security,” explained Joe diGenova, the Reagan-era U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

As even the Washington Post had noted, the transcripts had been classified.

All that said, perhaps the most notable essay was from longtime center-right pundit and onetime G.W. Bush aide David Frum, long one of the harshest critics of Trump around. Even Frum wrote that the leak was far worse than Trump’s lie.

“Leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous,” wrote Frum. “It is vitally important that a president be able to speak confidentially—and perhaps even more important that foreign leaders understand that they can reply in confidence.”

And:

[T]he workings of the U.S. government have been gravely compromised, and in ways that will be very difficult to repair even after Trump leaves office. Trump’s violation of basic norms of government has driven people who would otherwise uphold those norms unto death to violate them in their turn. Contempt for Trump’s misconduct inspires counter-misconduct.

Nor is that the end. The less Trump can trust the regularly constituted government, the more justified he will feel in working irregularly. His irregular actions then justify more counter-irregularity from the rest of the government.

“The ultimate cost,” Frum concluded scathingly about the work of the leakers, “will be borne by “[Trump’s] successors and the American nation.”

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In short, it’s not just Trump who should feel aggrieved, but all of us. This is the reliability of our government, our international standing as a beacon of decency, now at risk – from a leaker blinded by politics, violating the nation’s trust.

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  • Al Zabel

    I believe this, to be true.
    But, why is it? When a Republican, states a mistruth? it’s called a flat out lie.
    Then, when a Democrat, does the same thing?
    It’s written off as misspoken, out of context, or accidental?
    Again. If it wasn’t for double standards?
    The liberal Democrats, would have no standards, at all.

    • Naval Lint

      The Liberals own the LSM in fief complete. The MSM ALWAYS spins Left. It’s somewhat akin to toilet science…

      • Marie Saqueton

        Only the biased and crooked MSM will call it a lie instead of an international relations goodwill. Pres. Trump was trying to pacify the Australian official who was upset about the promise of Obama to take thousands of refugees they housed for him with the promise that Obama will take them here, but Hillary lost and the Australian was insisting that Pres. Trump take them all as promised by Obama. Pres. Trump is trying to lower the number of refugees entering this country and they have to be vetted, background checks and all for the sake of our security. What is wrong with that? Thank you Mr. President for thinking of our security and the future of our kids.

      • satcatchet

        We’ll get’um with the rifeling of our gun barrels, it turns right handed!

    • Danny S.

      AL Zabel. I agree with you. If I were Trump I’d be called a liar too! I think Trump had no choice but to try and manage the relationship by trying to take the appearance of sour relationship between allies off the table.

    • Jackalyn Morrison

      You are SOOO RIGHT you left out one word it was a matter

    • Marie Saqueton

      Only the crooked, lapdog, biased MSM does the distortions to brainwash the mediocre minds. It is all in their propaganda, used by the German Nazis to the Jews…and see what happened to those who believed it….gassed and killed at the end.

    • spike

      Or just completely ignored as if it was never spoken!

  • Naval Lint

    Apparently, the American people are perfectly happy to be lied to, on a DAILY basis, if it comes from Democrats. “You can keep your doctor…”, “Not one smidgeon of corruption in the IRS…”, “I swear to uphold the Constitution…”….the damned list is virtually endless.

    • shamu9

      That’s why I say-“Death To Democrats”!

      • theframerswereright

        I’d rather see them stripped of all wealth and assets then banished from the USA.

    • Danny S.

      The Democratic party acts like the mafia the crimes committed are very serious yet the Republicans seem to be turning their heads away. Do you think that maybe there might be a lot of establishment republicans who could be dragged into such thinga as the Clinton Foundation. We know McCain took money from Soros and McCain has 8 million dollars in his foundation. JUST WONDERING!!

      • Marie Saqueton

        The traitors against us are all in both parties. Remember that in the olden days Democrats and Republicans were under one party, against the Federalist and the Whig party. It is time to have a third party of the people and for the people. Maybe in Pres. Trump’s re-election he should create it, he will win by landslide, because we are all disgusted by this two party system. Pres. Trump is the only one who can create it because he has the money and does not need the “elite oligarchy’s” support. He did it and showed them when he beat 16 candidates in the primary and again, against all odds beat the crooked Hillary.

        • satcatchet

          Yeah, what’s the differance between the two parties?
          Yeay to the new
          The Conservative Party!

        • jason ouellette

          Well trump is about to die so choke on that. And give all your money away to homeless people or even foster children. You can always make more.

          • Marie Saqueton

            He won’t die, the Lord will protect him and the enemies will be exposed and crashed. The true Americans and Christians will rally behind him. The Lord has not spoken yet, so don’t count him out as dead. Our weapon against SATANIC people is our strong prayers for Pres. Trump and his family. he is not perfect like all of us, but he is our only chance to free us from the clutches of the New World Order. He wants his grandchildren to grow up in the America he loves. He did not have to run, he doesn’t need the money. Look he gave hall his first quarter salary to the maintenance of our parks and the second quarter to our public schools. No President has ever given up their salaries, on the other hand they steal like Obama and Clintons. let us pray for Pres. Trump daily for the protection of the Holy Spirit is stronger than Satan’s. .

        • theframerswereright

          Holy crap. Could not agree more. R&D look out for each other – then turn the citizens against each other by creating some fake polarizing political stands, all the while feasting on our labor and losses. Shameless above the law criminals… damn near all of them. Lie after lie, after broken promise, after broken promise. When does it end?

          Trump has a 100% uphill battle against all of them.

    • Lillian DeVore

      They think nobody notices 😉

    • satcatchet

      Let’er rip sir. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

    • Ray Sharer

      GOOD WORDS NAVAL.

  • Louie Rey

    Why ANYONE who had any relationship, however slight, with Hussein’s administration is still within miles of The White House is beyond me. Why is it that the American public sees that Hussein was the most anti-American president ever yet that somehow seems to be over the heads of the people that actually are in charge at The White House now? Wake the $&%# up! Time to sweep them all out. In fact, it’s way PAST time to do that.

    • nocbsfan

      Because people still listen to the fake news which is getting stronger each day, and more noticeable ever hour.

    • Concerned

      They should’ve left with that obameration. Like the rhinos thier are obama terrorist still destroying our country.

    • Marie Saqueton

      Because Obama made them all CIVIL SERVICE employees of the government not appointees. It takes an act of Congress to fire a “civil service Federal employee.”. Check them out if they passed the civil service test and kick them out if they haven’t even done it.

      • Louie Rey

        Talk about underhanded. This guy was the very worst president we’ve ever had to endure but to make matters worse, even after his reign of error we’re still suffering at the hands of the most subversive person to ever even walk in The White House. It’s disgusting.

        • Yarbles

          Head on back to Mexico, turd. We don’t need you.

          • Edouard d’Orange

            Are you misunderstanding, Louie? You’re actually putting in writing that you like Obutthole, on the Liberty Headlines site? Oblowme, the most anti-liberty pres we’ve ever had.

          • Louie Rey

            No, on the contrary, we, meaning concerned Americans, don’t need morons like you that are completely clueless to the subversive nature and destruction wrought by the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on this country. You’re either twelve or you’re a delusional partisan hack which from my perspective is being redundant. Good luck with that.

          • Yarbles

            Sorry, Louie. Misunderstood your comment. Shitbama’s minions need to go.

          • Louie Rey

            I sincerely appreciate your retraction so to speak. We’re on the same side. Thanks again and have a great weekend.

          • Yarbles

            Once again, my apologies. Real Americans need to stand up now more than ever. The Globalists will NEVER give up until we are serfs.

          • satcatchet

            Bravo sir, bravo!

          • Louie Rey

            All I have to say is AMEN!!!

          • theframerswereright

            BOOM 💥

          • jason ouellette

            Take a gun and blow your head off. Please!

          • Yarbles

            Thank you for sharing.

  • William Markey

    If a democrat gives his view i only hear swamp gas escaping.

  • Gregg Parker

    What a loaded title! Subtle yet liberalish in its group think advertising…

  • LLuke47

    The liberals and their butt kissing media jackals are the stinking liars, America is sick of these pathetic loser and clowns..

  • Marie Saqueton

    It seems like the leaker is either around him when he spoke on the phone or one of our own agencies like the FBI,CIA,NSA,DHS who can easily tap on the President’s line must have done it. Knowing that Obama still has some of his loyal supporters in these agencies, I will presume it came from them. Can’t someone clean out the BUGS so this does not happen again? Or better yet, because it involves our national security, couldn’t the DOJ compel the MSM to divulge the leaker or leakers? There must be a law that if the information leaked endangers our national security, no one is immune to prosecution….Congress and Senate you are called to work on this.

  • Lickerpoet

    At least this disinformation site finally admits that Trump is a liar. Funny though that we don’t hear anything about the Seth Rich fake news story that this site promoted being set straight. Heck, how much truth can one expect per day from a disinformation site?

    • Warren Blum

      Trump is not a politician therefore not a liar

      • Lickerpoet

        All liars are not politicians.

        Trump may not be a politician, at least not a very good one, but he most certainly is a liar and again, not a very good one

        • Warren Blum

          Better than obama.

          • Lickerpoet

            When you have no defense, change the subject.

          • Warren Blum

            Demorats, trillions in debt. Failed healthcare, Obama had no foreign policy other than his agenda to become part of the EU. Lied about getting out of Afghanistan , come on, u libs live out in left field. Lied about terrorism, Roseburg college in oregon, Orlando ,the gay nightclub, blamed every act on guns. Did his best to disarm us. Thanks to the GOP he didn’t get too far. Taxed corporations. Created massive restrictions under the guise of the epa. The list goes on. Yes I’m a trump man and I have a 4 yr degree. I worked in government most of my life. Oh and Obama placed Muslims in high ranking positions in sensitive LE positions in various sgencies. So keep believing the deflection by Obama involving trump.

          • Lickerpoet

            And all the mistruths and halftruths and fabrications you have listed are somehow pertinent to the discussion of the relative balance of damage caused by Trump’s lies and the leaks that exposed them ?

          • Warren Blum

            thats why we have demorats like u because u dont want to see the truth. and my point stands obama told bigger lies as hes the biggest fraud this country ever elected. period

    • omikehawk

      Hey Licker, have you ever told a lie? Then STFU! Sometimes, little white lies are a necessary evil!

      • Lickerpoet

        Everyone bends the truth to their own perspective occasionally, but the words of the President of the United States are of much more importance than those expressed on our trivial daily dramas. It is embarrassing to watch a friend or family member tell an obvious lie, but it is even more embarrassing to our entire nation to witness our President telling falsehoods on a daily basis. Its not just one white lie for Trump, its everyday. Its been a lifetime of “truthful hyperbole” for the Donald. Every deal based on lies and corruption.
        https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html

  • Lillian DeVore

    The only thing that matters is that he has not lied about keeping his campaign promises. If he doesn’t, it’s Congress’ fault. If they want to talk about lies, let them talk about all the broken promises made by politicians, which are ‘important’ lies.

    • omikehawk

      Like the lie about having a healthcare plan ready to implement!

      • Lillian DeVore

        I guess the GOP is being sued now by a wealthy donor who felt conned by their promise to repeal Obamacare (false pretenses/breach of promise).

  • Edouard d’Orange

    A President, even the moronic, pathetic, partisan, leftist commie Obutthole, has or had the right to negotiate with foreign leaders privately without said negotiations being immediately leaked to the press and the public. Sometimes, unpopular positions and bad negotiated terms have to be floated to other leaders to begin or continue the dialogue. It’s statecraft, and it’s often messy, like legislating and making sausage. What counts is the final product, which gets presented, debated and sent to the Senate for ratification if it’s a treaty or to the American people if it’s policy. So I have no concern about what Trump said in speaking to the Australian PM. But, I have a serious problem with the leaks and leaker. This must end, and badly for the leaker.

    • Warren Blum

      Well put

      • Edouard d’Orange

        Thank you. I didn’t up vote you because that would be kinda like up-voting myself.

        • omikehawk

          I voted you up. So you’re covered!

  • James Edward Ray

    What America should fear are the corrupt liberal democrats and the corrupt GOP. They are trying to destroy America!!! All you citizens of America better wake up and realize that and fight back to save America!!!

  • Liz Gordon

    They know he’s doing bad stuff. WE THE PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR WHITE HOUSE!!

  • Bob Cherry

    Trump may be selling information, as a side profit line. Neo-Monarchist Republicans, and Neo-Eugentics Dems, are a two headed serpent.

  • ray2hill

    If it were not for the leaks from American loyalists we would not know what Trunp is doing to destroy our once great nation.

    • Warren Blum

      Our once great nation was destroyed by 8 yrs of that Muslim primate obama.

  • spike

    I think he was right on with the Australian Premier – those were ‘refugees” that he did not want in his country and got Obama to agree to take them. Obviously everyone “out there” knew that Obama was an soft touch in this area! What was unseemly was that “transcripts?” of a private call from the president are “leaked” to anywhere!? I hope they get the thug pols responsible!

  • Bob

    White House leaks more destructive than ALL THOSE CHUMP LIES. I REALLY DON’T THINK SO, FOLKS!!!!!!!

    • omikehawk

      Of course YOU wouldn’t! You’ve been whining for 7 months, ever since the Sea Hag was resoundingly defeated by President Trump!

      • Bob

        Yadee, Yadee, Yadee! Keep riding your dead horse, bunky. The Grand Jury gives Mueller access to all the Crooked Tax Returns, and Crooked dealings over many, many years. The Nazi’s goose is cooked – get used to it skippy!!!

  • David Argall

    Yeah, this leaker endangered the ability of the President to lie to us. He should be punished, say by having to listen to Trump for the next 3-4 years, and required to report to us.
    The one hurt by this leak is a lying politician, who can eliminate the damage by telling us the truth. I know politicians complain about how hard it is on them to tell the truth, but they also told us they would bear any burden to help us, …or was that another lie?

    • omikehawk

      STFU snowfake! His withholding info on a private conversation hurt no one!

  • Stephen Griffith

    Just goes to prove that can’t trust anyone today. That’s why I don’t believe everything that I see or hear. The Media lies, Politians lies, & on & on. God help us to hold fast to the truth. To buy the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth.

  • Ray Sharer

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!
    I seriously suspect all of this leaking coming out of the White House was started by none other than a person living down the street from the WH by the name of one BARACK OBAMA and his sidekick in crime and possibly girlfriend, MUSLIM VALERIE JARRETT.
    Arrangements have been made by Obama to have George Soros pay these leakers good sums to leak everything concerning President Trump they can get their sticky fingers on, even including the President’s phone calls.
    The whole and sole purpose of all of this is because they want to keep constant daily or weekly pressure on Mr. Trump and his WH in order for them not to carry out their plans for America and to make America Great Again.
    Obama is totally almost out of his mind and livid that Mr. Trump handily defeated Hillary Clinton, whom Obama felt he could have complete control over and she could carry out his evil plans to take down America.
    Obama and his minions are going to have to be closely observed and watch what lies they can keep coming out of their demented minds.
    This all coming from an old American who believes this was and can still be the greatest country in history
    God bless America

  • jcrawdad

    White House Leaks More Destructive to Nation Than President’s Lies

    WHAT LIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THE ONES LIBERALS OR THE MEDIA MAKES UP .

  • theframerswereright

    You knocked that one out of the park! POW💥⚾️