Friday, March 31, 2017

The Nunes soap opera: The "what" become clearer; the "why" is still murky

Today's reveal in the ongoing Nunes soap opera is this:   we now know the identity of the two White House officials who showed Nunes the information they had found.

With several sources identifying them, the two men are:   Ezra Cohen-Watnick, senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council;  and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Council's Office.  Ellis formerly worked with Nunes on the House Intelligence Committee, of which Nunes is now chair.

So far, there is no indication that the White House is unhappy that their names have been revealed, which adds to the impression that this all was done by and for the administration, rather than a disloyal leak.  It appears to me that Trump wanted to get this out so he could spin it as validation for his claim that Obama had "wire-tapped" him.

But, if that is the case, why the cloak and dagger drama?   Why not just release it?  Say your people have been looking through the records and found it.   Why make a mystery where there doesn't need to be one?

My guess is that they wanted it to appear to have been "discovered" by the committee investigation rather than dug up by the Trump administration, which might raise suspicions of it being a plant.  (or maybe it was a plant?)

When are they going to learn that, under such intense scrutiny as this, any deception will come out -- and then you look guilty even when there's nothing to be guilty about.


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