All you need is the opposing party in office to help change your opinion

Role reversal is fun until someone goes to jail.

The Democrats were screaming and yelling about the illegal leaks courtesy of WikiLeaks during the campaign.  The Republicans felt the content was more important than the way it was obtained.

Today, the Republicans are screaming about the illegal leaks from the Intelligence community regarding the communications of the Trump Administration with foreign leaders, diplomats and the like.  The Democrats are no longer concerned about the way the leaks came to light.

Such is the way of Washington, DC.  All you need is the opposing party in office to help change your opinion on any topic.  Sometimes turnabout is not fair play.

I’m one of those weird people who think you should maintain the same opinion unless you accept the opposing arguments.  If Republicans had no issues with WikiLeaks during the campaign they should shut up now.

Except, if the Obama Administration actively sought to wiretap Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters that is a clear abuse of power and someone needs to be held accountable.  Will the next Woodward and Bernstein please stand up?  I doubt any reporter from the mainstream media will ever try.

I think it will be poetic justice if Fox News reporter James Rosen took on the story. Rosen, you may recall, was secretly designated a criminal co-conspirator in a crime regarding leaks.  He was deemed a flight risk by then Attorney General Eric Holder giving the Justice Department the right to go through all his records.

The information that led to Michael Flynn’s resignation had to be from wiretaps.  How else would the anonymous source have a transcript.  I have no issue with how the information was gathered.  If Flynn broke the law, then he needs to be accountable.  By the same token, the person who leaked the information also broke the law and should be accountable.

I do not think reporters should be co-conspirators unless they actively break the law to get the information.  Passively receiving the information and acting on it is one thing; illegally gathering information is another.

I think an investigation is in order and if it leads to former president Barrack Obama, so be it.  If he ordered the wiretaps, then he abused his power if far greater proportions than former president Richard Nixon. I do not think he’s that dumb but I believe some zealot on his staff could easily do it as a way “to help.”

The Obama Administration was notorious for abusing its power but that went under the radar thanks to an adoring media.  Lois Lerner targeted conservative groups and Reverend Billy Graham through the IRS.  They went after Reverend Graham for urging voters to back candidates who base their decisions on biblical principle.

President Obama made an illegal recess appointment of Richard Cordray to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a new agency that could issue expansive regulations with virtually no accountability. The only problem was Congress was still in session.

There was no wringing of hands by the media.

Given President Obama’s proclivity to skirt around the Constitution I do not find it a stretch to think he could order the surveillance of a political enemy.  There is no proof he did and there is no reason for conjecture.  But if I am thinking it I’m sure others are doing the same.

An investigation is in order.  And while they are at it they should investigate if there is a Russian connection with the Trump campaign.  If the investigation uncovers nothing and President Trump’s wiretapping allegations are unfounded, he should be an upstanding citizen and apologize. Likewise, if the investigation into the Russian connection reveals no connection, the whole situation should be put to pasture.

However, I suspect the Russian connection is pay back for the birther hoopla.  Role reversal is fun until someone goes to jail.

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About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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