CONFIRMED: WHITE HOUSE LEAKER REMOVED
It was just a matter of time before deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh found herself reassigned.
Politico reported today that Priebus’ deputy will leave the White House. The reason stated:
“to bolster the flagging outside groups meant to support his agenda.”
Walsh has infamously loose lips. As we previously reported, Walsh is the suspected White House leaker.
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“Everyone knows not to talk to her in the White House unless you want to see it in the press,” says a source close to the president. “The only question is whether or not she’s doing it at the behest of [White House Chief of Staff] Reince Priebus or if she’s doing it to advance herself in DC media circles.”
One source in particular stands out: Walsh is close to Maggie Habberman, a New York Times reporter who wrote fawning pro-Republican National Committee stories during the presidential election. Walsh has also planted stories in The Washington Post and Politico.
Walsh is set to join America First Policies. The political group is comprised of Trump campaign veterans, but struggles to engage in its key goal: to “boost the White House in its biggest policy fights.”
White House officials said that the failed health care vote last Friday precipitated this decision. Don’t believe that. You don’t take a leaker and put her in an ineffectual political group thinking things will improve.
Nevertheless, we are told that Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, and Chief of Staff Priebus blessed the move. They even provided a cover story for Walsh:
“It was abundantly clear we didn’t have air cover,” Priebus said. “No one can fix this problem better than Katie Walsh.”
Kushner hailed Walsh as “one of the unsung heroes of the campaign” and said, “I’m very supportive of Katie and the sacrifice she’s making” by leaving.
Can we just call this what it is…banishment?
It’s also a sign to other higher ranking staffers to toe the line in support and loyally, or follow Walsh out the door.
The Black Sphere also reminds:
“The president and his allies have been deliberately feeding her fake information in order to find her network,” says a source close to the president’s family. “It’s been going well.”
Walsh was a #NeverTrump Republican during the campaign. Neither Walsh nor her family were [Trump] supporters during the campaign, says a source from Walsh’s hometown of St. Louis.
Rumors persist that Priebus himself may be under fire. We have no way to confirm this, as the sources are mostly fake news media outlets. However, losing his former #2 doesn’t help squash those rumors.
One thing is for sure; everybody is under scrutiny. And, things won’t change throughout their entire tenure under President Trump. It’s clear that Walsh’s close ties to the Republican establishment clashed with the new Drain-the-Swamp administration, so she was destined for the desk closest to the door.