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Speaking of felons, Obama doesn't have to look far

As this Insider has said before, in politics, whatever the charge, being guilty is just a disadvantage and being innocent is only an advantage.  Neither is determinative.  Yesterday, no less than Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the highly respected senior U.S. senator from California and chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reminded us that the Obama White House appears to have the disadvantage of being completely guilty of releasing critical national security secrets for its own selfish benefit.  This is the second time she's made such statements, and even though she has clarified those statements, she's never said they were wrong.

So Obama’s White House was allegedly willing to illegally disclose vital national security information, but now it refuses to disclose who disclosed it. It is impossible that the White House doesn't already have a good idea of exactly who the guilty parties are. This is a much more serious than the question of the amount of tax return information Mitt Romney will disclose.

Thanks to President Obama, we can now throw the word “felon” around in a presidential campaign.  It is certainly plausible to think the White House is harboring felons.

Obama has appointed two U.S. attorneys who work for him to investigate himself. It’s probably the most insincere investigation since Dick Cheney vetted VP nominees for George W. Bush in 2000. Who thinks the investigation is anything other than a stiff-arm to get past the elections?

This problem has a major political downside potential for the president.  Almost nothing is fatal in politics anymore, but if it is proven — or if the president has to admit to — leaks of national security information from his White House, it would be a devastating blow.  There is much more to come.

Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.


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