Politics Trump suspects Bannon behind WH leaks: report

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

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.

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.

Scaramucci Says Bannon a 'Snag' on Trump, Urges Move to Center

  Scaramucci Says Bannon a 'Snag' on Trump, Urges Move to Center Short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said that Steve Bannon is hurting President Donald Trump’s ability to move his agenda forward, and suggested the administration move toward the political “mainstream.” “You also got this sort of Bannon-bart influence in there, which I think is a snag on the president,” Scaramucci said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “If the president really wants to execute that legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people, the lower-middle class people and the middle class people, then he has to move away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense.

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.

GOP Rep: Bannon 'had to go' after undermining Trump .
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) praised Stephen Bannon's White House exit, saying the former right-wing strategist had to go after undermining President Trump."The White House has just not been functioning. There's been leaks coming out, one faction is undermining another," King told John Catsimatidis on New York's AM 970"The White House has just not been functioning. There's been leaks coming out, one faction is undermining another," King told John Catsimatidis on New York's AM 970 in an interview that aired on Sunday.

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