Omarosa Manigault Newman is no longer running against Ivanka Trump.
“The anonymous, top-secret list of potential Supreme Court nominees that served as recently released,” read an op-ed published today in the LA Times.
The anonymous, top-secret list of potential Supreme Court nominees that served as recently released. A person with knowledge of the CBS covert operation said on Monday that Manigault Newman is one of the individuals the CBS video showed.
That person, who spoke to CNNMoney on the condition of anonymity, offered the list to CBS.
“We were trying to get ahold of some members of the intelligence community to help us with this leak. Because, obviously, Trump wants this far, this fast, to be a story,” said the official.
“We kept our powder dry and played it down until it got a story in The Washington Post,” the official continued.
With the Post’s piece and Manigault Newman’s op-ed quickly shifting into vogue, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that a leak of this scale will be allowed to go on unchecked.
That’s a big deal, because given that President Trump has already lost multiple high-profile jobs, the leaking of documents and secrets without proper investigation can only serve to fuel opposition to his administration.
Any leak that can be prosecuted as a violation of the Fifth Amendment may draw the president’s attention — or precipitate the removal of even a member of his immediate inner circle.
The four-decade legal history of leaks involving Trump’s inner circle illustrates this danger.
The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, famously boasted of his interactions with the then-vice president, Mike Pence, on wiretapping. While the president maintains that all his administration personnel acted in accordance with all presidential protocols, it’s not hard to imagine a scenario in which a member of his team could later be prosecuted.
Even then, two high-profile representatives of the White House who had recently been fired — Michael Cohen and Kellyanne Conway — could serve as witnesses if a counterintelligence investigation involving illegal actions was ever undertaken. That would set off a chain of events that could be highly uncomfortable for both Trump and his White House.
None of that is to say that leak of information is usually illegal or even dangerous. If a potential leak affects the president, the person could just as easily claim retaliation — a crime of another kind — so it could never end up getting prosecuted.
But it’s important to remember that, although a person may not want the news to leak, he or she could still leak information to influence the outcome of an election.
This is one reason to be on guard when sharing documents or passing on information to anyone, especially officials that are conducting covert operations against the United States.
It’s also one reason to check the source of leaks before re-encountering them. When sharing information about covert operations, even while talking about cooperating with law enforcement, make sure you don’t just pass it along to someone who could potentially harm the country as a result.