Not saying it will go this way, but this scandal has Watergate potential and could go deep into the Obama White House.
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said earlier that he had briefed Trump on new information, unrelated to an investigation into Russian activities, that suggested that several members of Trump’s transition team and perhaps Trump himself had their identities “unmasked” after their communications were intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials.
The revelation is notable because identities of Americans are generally supposed to remain “masked” if American communications are swept up during surveillance of foreign individuals.
During an interview on Fox News, Woodward said that if that information about the unmasking is true, “it is a gross violation.”
It’s very bad news, but since Bill Clinton failed to stop North Korea’s nuclear program in its tracks and Barack Obama sat idly while the country built its stockpile, we now have a major and potentially existential threat on our hands that will have to be dealt with either by regime change or military action, which would be devastating for South Korea. Obama, who is now wandering around Tahiti, allowed the military to deteriorate to the point where we can’t fight two wars at once. But we may have to do what we can.
In the wake of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announcing a tougher posture toward North Korea, President Trump said the Kim Jong Un regime is “behaving very badly” and called out China for not doing more to help, the Washington Examiner reported.
“North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been “playing” the United States for years. China has done little to help!” Trump tweeted.
In Seoul, Tillerson said Friday morning that a pre-emptive military action against North Korea was an option and that American patience with North Korea aggression is running out. That stance received praise from Republicans and Democrats alike on morning cable news shows.