‘Trove’ of vetting documents that include ‘red flags’ on potential Trump appointees gets leaked

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President Donald Trump continues to be beset with leaks coming from within his administration, and the latest breach involves a trove of vetting documents showing the “red flags” uncovered as Trump’s high level appointees were evaluated.

For the second time this year, Axios was the recipient of the stolen information that could prove to be embarrassing for the White House, considering that many of those highlighted went on get the jobs they were being considered for.

While the motivation would seem apparent, given the unfavorable information, the greater question is who is behind the leaks?

With the liberal media determined to make Trump look inept, Axios reported on “the slap-dash way President Trump filled his cabinet and administration,” stressing that the documents “foreshadowed future scandals.”

The vetting of would-be top officials was outsourced to the RNC, according to Axios, which said it obtained vetting forms “that Trump and his senior aides were given for Ben Carson, Dan Coats, Betsy DeVos, Gary Cohn, Don McGahn, Elaine Chao, John Kelly, James Mattis, John Bolton, Mick Mulvaney, Nikki Haley, Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry, Robert Lighthizer, Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt, and many others.”

One example of what the vetting forms included involved Haley, who was appointed U.N. ambassador. A note highlighted that the former governor of South Carolina had said Trump is everything “we teach our kids not to do in kindergarten.”

Here’s a sampling of a few others, from Axios:

  • Scott Pruitt, who ultimately lost his job as EPA Administrator because of serial ethical abuses and clubbiness with lobbyists, had a section in his vetting form titled “allegations of coziness with big energy companies.”
  • Mick Mulvaney, who became Trump’s Budget Director and is now his acting chief of staff, has a striking assortment of “red flags,” including his assessment that Trump “is not a very good person.”
  • The Trump transition team was so worried about Rudy Giuliani, in line for Secretary of State, that they created a separate 25-page document titled “Rudy Giuliani Business Ties Research Dossier” with copious accounting of his “foreign entanglements.”

 

The White House took the high road in responding to Axios, as seen in a statement from deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.

“President Trump has assembled an incredible team throughout the federal government who — in spite of 93% negative news coverage — has accomplished undeniable successes like tax cuts, record employment levels, a booming economy…rebuilding the military and crushing ISIS,” Gidley said in the release.

Axio was also the recipient of the leak of three months worth of the president’s daily schedules in February.

That leak promoted Director of Oval Office Operations Madeleine Westerhout to take to Twitter to denounce the “disgraceful breach of trust.”

“What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules. What these don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings [President Trump] takes everyday. This [president] is working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history,” she tweeted.

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As egregious as the leaks are, they seemed to have subsided somewhat since President Trump vowed in May 2018 to find out who the “traitors and cowards” are.

“The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. With that being said, leakers are traitors and cowards, and we will find out who they are!” he tweeted.

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The president was reacting to a leaked remark from communications staffer Kelly Sadler, who allegedly said in response to the late Sen. John McCain opposing Gina Haspel as CIA director, that it “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.”

Clearly, President Trump has more work to do to rid his administration of rats that appear to be as determined as the media to destroy him.

Tom Tillison

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