Politics Trump suspects Bannon behind WH leaks: report

05:20  13 august  2017
05:20  13 august  2017 Source:   The Hill

Trump: 'We'll see what happens' with Bannon

  Trump: 'We'll see what happens' with Bannon President Trump cast uncertainty on Steve Bannon's future in the White House Tuesday, even as he defended the chief strategist against accusations of racism."I like Mr. Bannon; he's a friend of mine. But Mr. Bannon came on very late, you know that," Trump said in a news conference in New York. "I like him. He's a good man. He's not a racist, I can tell you that. He's a good person. He actually gets a very unfair press in that rega rd.""But we'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," Trump added. "But he's a good person, and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly.

President Trump reportedly suspects that his chief strategist Stephen Bannon is behind some White House leaks about fellow staffers, according to a new report by Axios. Sources told Axios that West Wing staff believe Bannon was behind leaks about National Security Adviser H.R

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon 's job may be on the chopping block as President Trump suspects he is behind damaging leaks about West Wing staffers, according to a new report Saturday.

Trump suspects Bannon behind WH leaks: report© Provided by The Hill Trump suspects Bannon behind WH leaks: report President Trump reportedly suspects that his chief strategist Stephen Bannon is behind some White House leaks about fellow staffers, according to a new report by Axios.

Sources told Axios that West Wing staff believe Bannon was behind leaks about National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and that Bannon's job could be in danger.

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According to the report, Trump has been "irritated" with Bannon following a series of Breitbart reports targeting McMaster. Bannon was formerly the executive chairman of Brietbart.

White House anger over leaks grows, crackdown promised

  White House anger over leaks grows, crackdown promised The White House's anger about leaks is growing, and the Trump administration is stepping up efforts to crack down on them .The attorney general and the national intelligence director are set Friday to discuss what the Justice Department calls "leaks of classified material threatening national security."A presidential adviser is raising the possibility of lie detector tests for the small number of people in the West Wing and elsewhere with access to transcripts of President Donald Trump's phone calls. The Washington Post has published transcripts of his conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.

Trump Suspects Bannon of Leaking . August 12, 2017 at 6:22 pm EDTBy “President Trump has told close associates that he believes Steve Bannon is behind damaging leaks about White House That pretty much says it all." -- Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report .

These reports would suggest that there is some serious in-fighting between Bannon and Kushner, so it can lead one to infer that Bannon could be behind the leaks . Read More: Donald Trump Jared Kushner Steve Bannon Trump Administration.

There is no clear connection, however, linking Bannon to such reports.

Trump has long decried leaks of sensitive information to media, such as specifics of his Oval Office conversations with world leaders earlier this year, as well as details surrounding the palace intrigue around the White House.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a government-wide crackdown on leakers on Friday, including a review of Justice Department policies on subpoenas for media outlets that publish such sensitive information.

Many also expect that chief of staff John Kelly will help crack down on leaks.

White House aide Sebastian Gorka sent a warning to West Wing staff last week about leaking information, saying not to mess with Kelly.

"This is John F. Kelly. This is a man you do not toy with," Gorka said during an appearance on "Fox and Friends."

"He will get to the bottom of the leaks," Gorka added at the time.

Complaint: Trump strategist may have improper PR arrangement .
The Campaign Legal Center is complaining in a letter to the White House that the adviser to President Donald Trump may be illegally accepting outside professional services. Steve Bannon has worked with publicist Alexandra Preate since he was head of Breitbart News. Preate has continued to work with reporters on Bannon's behalf even though she is not a government employee. A recent article by the Center for Public Integrity quotes an associate of Preate's saying she doesn't receive pay from Bannon.The Campaign Legal Center says that appears to be a violation of what's called the Antideficiency Act.

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