Low level bureaucracy staff tend to stay on from one administration to the next. Despite widely publicized threats to quit if Trump was elected, 35% according to one poll, they have not quit. They have stuck around Cabinet departments and, in the case out ousted NSA head Michael Flynn, actively worked to undermine him.
Former Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates was just the head of the snake. Yates did get fired after refusing to enforce Trump’s travel stop Executive Order. But The Washington Free Beacon reports Flynn’s coup was orchestrated by hangers on from the Obama administration working on the sly. The media solicited and bragged about the leaks which led to his demise.
Insiders familiar with the anti-Flynn campaign told the Free Beacon that these Obama loyalists plotted in the months before Trump’s inauguration to establish a set of roadblocks before Trump’s national security team, which includes several prominent opponents of diplomacy with Iran. The Free Beacon first reported on this effort in January.
Sources who spoke to the Free Beacon requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation and avoid interfering with the White House’s official narrative about Flynn, which centers on his failure to adequately inform the president about a series of phone calls with Russian officials.
One source close to Flynn theorized the plan to take apart Obama’s sweetheart deal with Iran motivated the saboteurs.
“It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”
Rhodes is gone, obviously, but Trump’s problem is that the footsoldiers in the bureaucracy numbers into the tens of thousands. You can’t realistically walk them out the door at once, nor can you replace them fast enough to retain some basic functionality.
Donald Trump’s signature is high profile firings both on his reality show and in his business, but these are tougher weeds to pull out. The sabotage is as crippling as letting these agencies go without heads for weeks waiting for Senate confirmation. It’s a guerrilla network of Obama loyalists who seem more than just vindictive that their party is out of power.
The civil servants managing these leaks are as big or bigger enemies than the mainstream media. Trump needs to confront his internal opposition with the same or more vigor he uses to combat the press.
If he doesn’t, he cripples his administration with demands for investigations, sometimes from members of his own party. Every new leak will spawn the same “what did he know and when did he know it” nonsense from Democrats. The fake news media eats it up.
Sean Spicer was right. It is about the leaks. He needs to start the firings at once.