Others are starting to notice the intel-Democrat coup against President Trump

Jake Novak, CNBC:
First, let's be clear: President Trump has been sloppy, arrogant, and just plain misguided plenty of times during his short tenure in office — including the way he handled the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the hiring and firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. And if he did unnecessarily compromise the source of the sensitive information he shared with the Russians, shame on him.

But a president cannot be removed from office for arrogance and sloppiness. The Constitution sets specific grounds for impeachment. They are "treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors." To be impeached and removed from office, the House and Senate must find that the official committed one of these acts.

Here's what I think is the bigger scandal: Someone at the highest levels of government has leaked information to the news media about President Trump's discussions with Russian officials. That's potentially a serious crime. And, this wasn't the first time.

What all of the leaked stories have in common is that they were immediately beset with multiple leaks from highly placed officials meant to deeply defame President Trump. Once again, it's important to note that a good deal of these leaks may, indeed, be illegal. The Espionage Act bans transmitting or communicating information "relating to the national defense" if the leaker believes the information could be used to harm the United States or aid a foreign nation. And it's hard to see how these many leaks aren't helping our enemies.

Where are these leaks coming from? When we look at the most likely sources, we find no real comfort. The first possibility is that someone close to President Trump himself is essentially acting like a mole in the White House. Remember that when the story broke Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell were all in the room with President Trump and the Russians last week and they all flatly denied the news reports. If one of them is saying one thing publicly and something else to contacts in the news media, that is certainly not encouraging.
Almost as bad is the possibility that someone on one of the congressional intelligence committees is the source of this and other leaks. It's one thing to use domestic policy or even overt foreign policy information to oppose a sitting president. It's another to compromise knowledge of intelligence briefing materials to do so.

Here's the kicker: None of this is actually working where it counts. Again, we have not one piece of evidence of any impeachable act. And it's not even truly working in the polls. President Trump's approval ratings may be lower than any modern president this early in his tenure, but they're still higher than they were throughout the election. If anything, these constant attacks coming from this obviously angry and potentially illegal place are only strengthening the resolve of Trump's base of supporters. They elected a guy they believed was truly the enemy of the established political class. And right on cue, the established political class is stopping at nothing to prove them right.
There is more.

I first raised the suggestion that this is a coup attempt against the President a few days ago.  It is encouraging that others are also noticing what is in play and how the President's enemies are fighting dirty and breaking the law in the process.  They may have pretensions of high-mindedness, but what they are doing is in the realm of treason and it must be stopped.

I think Trump should do a few things to counter it starting with appointing a special prosecutor to find and prosecute the leakers.  That will probably set the media's hair on fire, but they are already so over the top their reaction may help lead to those responsible.  It is easy to justify one at this time because the FBI has been so ineffective in finding the leakers and may not even be trying since this latest leak of Comey emails appears to be coming from the FBI.

Trump also needs to bring in a special counsel to help him fight back against the coup attempt.  Someone like Alan Dershowitz could be an effective spokesman and also help organize a group within the administration to fight this coup attempt.

There is little doubt that many of the people in the media are enthusiastic about this coup attempt openly celebrating stories going viral despite their factual flaws.  The special prosecutor pursuing the leakers should bring these people in for questioning.


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