Tony Shaffer, a retired lieutenant colonel and intelligence expert, believes the Obama administration “laid trip wires” within the intelligence community’s structure to sabotage President Donald Trump.
In recent days, the Trump administration has been plagued with leaks, which recently contributed to the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Fox News reports.
“[Senior Adviser] Ben Rhodes laid trip wires for things to go off like booby traps,” Shaffer said on “The First 100 Days” tonight, characterizing Flynn’s ouster as “planned by the Obama administration.”
Employees of the intelligence agencies Shaffer suspected to be involved in the leaks are “mid-level managers” and “former political appointees who burrowed themselves into the infrastructure as career intelligence officers.”
He compared it to the scandal surrounding former Internal Revenue Service department director Lois Lerner, who was at the center of allegations of targeting of conservative groups by the tax agency.
Lerner was an appointee of former President Bill Clinton who later became a regular civil service employee.
“I am certain Mike is completely outraged,” Shaffer said of Trump’s CIA director, former Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.).
In addition to rooting out Obama-era appointees, Shaffer said, Trump must dig deeper into the bureaucracy to find the mid-level employees who are the source of the alleged sabotage.
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