Democrats, liberal media outlets and the President himself insist the Benghazi scandal is, quite simply, a non-scandal, though Republicans continue to make the case that there is more to uncover.
The IRS’s targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) groups certainly seems to have the most resonance with the electorate, already petrified of the powerful agency, and the administration admits that of the three, this is the one that has them equally outraged.
But the third scandal, the revelation that the Department of Justice secretly subpoenaed the private phone records of several Associated Press reporters and editors in the wake of a terrorist plot leak, is the cloudiest in terms of its political repercussions and its impact on average Americans.
As a member of the press who has relied on unnamed sources, this is the one that particularly resonates for me.
Ben Rhodes, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, came to his former boss’s defense Saturday after President Donald Trump accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in the later stages of last year’s presidential campaign.
Quote tweeting Trump’s original tweet, Rhodes fired back at Trump, “No President can order a wiretap.”
“Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” he added.
The tweet went viral quickly amassing more than 32,000 retweets and more than 53,000 “likes” by Saturday afternoon.
However, there was a large section of Twitter, particularly the conservative users, that simply weren’t buying Rhodes comments — given Obama’s history of wiretapping. Many were quick to point out the fact that Fox News correspondent James Rosen was infamously wiretapped in 2013 when the Justice Department was investigating government leaks. The Associated Press was also wiretapped in relation to the same investigation.