Lindsey Graham on Leaks: Someone Needs to Go to Jail

Marie Harrington
August 6, 2017

"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", he wrote in The Atlantic magazine. "There's a somewhat naive assumption that anything is leaked and is represented as being a transcript must be a transcript". It's because the leaders of other countries need to know that if they have private and candid conversations with the president of the United States, they will not be putting their country's relationship with the USA or their own relationship with their own people at risk due to their candor. And a secretary of state should broker Middle East peace.

Trump's movements can also lead to the closure of local roads and highways.

The president now knows that he can not have private conversations with foreign leaders, and they know that he can not have private conversations with him.

Presidents have been escaping Washington's summer heat and humidity since Thomas Jefferson looked out the White House windows and watched as a white fog that was believed to be toxic rolled in.

That is the kind of duplicity that President Barack Obama routinely practiced, though the leaks were far more rare.

Shortly thereafter, you decide to provide these transcripts to a business or trade publication that covers your industry, on the condition that they not say who they got them from.

Mr. Warner's comments came on the heels of The Washington Post's publication Thursday morning of transcripts of previously disclosed phone calls Mr. Trump had with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his second week in office. Journalists value solo pressers because there are typically given more time to ask a greater number of questions.

"This is beyond the pale and will have a chilling effect going forward on the ability of the commander-in-chief to have candid discussions with his counterparts", Ned Price, a former National Security Council official under President, told The Hill.

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"The nature of this particular leak suggests just such a national-security establishment origin".

As you can see, there is no magical cure for this, no Svengali who can be brought in to stop Trump from being Trump.

Now, I've heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and so on.

"I don't think this is a bad thing". And the exact same principle applies to Trump's calls. "If you're not enjoying your work, you're in the wrong job".

Now, of course, no one is arguing that the president shouldn't be able to ever have confidential conversations, or that no leaks can potentially be unsafe.

Trump's vacation could be driven, in part, by necessity.

Here are photos of Trump and his staff and family's arrival in New Jersey, along with more details about the vacation and what will be happening over the next 17 days. Unlike many other things this administration says and does, that verbiage is absolutely standard whining from the party in power, whomever it is.

Trevor Timm is the executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability.

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