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WSJ Writer Points Out Double Standard in Mueller Speculation

Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal pointed out the irony of the national press speculating about Robert Mueller’s investigation being bad for President Trump [1] while Mueller appears to be ignoring the possible crimes of members of the Obama administration leaking classified information related to the investigation.

“Robert Mueller looks to be approaching his endgame, and the press is alive with speculation as to how bad the special counsel’s report will be for President Trump,” Strassel writes. “It’s also worth noticing how good Mr. Mueller has been to another president, Barack Obama, and his team.”

Strassel called out the New York Times and the Washington Post for publishing “highly detailed and classified information,” received from former Obama administration officials — leakers who may have committed a felony punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison.

“But what about the potential crimes that put Mr. [Michael] Flynn in Mr. Mueller’s crosshairs to begin with?”  Strassel writes. “On Jan. 2, 2017 [2], the Obama White House learned about Mr. Flynn’s conversations with Mr. Kislyak. The U.S. monitors phone calls of foreign officials, but under law they are supposed to ‘minimize’ the names of any Americans caught up in such eavesdropping. In the Flynn case, someone in the prior administration either failed to minimize or purposely ‘unmasked’ Mr. Flynn. The latter could itself be a felony. Ten days later someone in that administration leaked to the Washington Post that Mr. Flynn had called Mr. Kislyak on Dec. 29, 2016 [3]. On Feb. 9, 2017 [4], someone leaked to the Post and the New York Times highly detailed and classified information about the Flynn-Kislyak conversation.”

Strassel points out that the seriousness of the alleged Obama administration leaks; Strassel says The Washington Post “bragged” about the wide array of leakers.

“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has called this leak the most destructive to national security that he seen in his time in Washington,” Strassel writes. “Disclosing classified information is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison. The Post has bragged that its story was sourced by nine separate officials.”