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American Coup

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Elements of the intelligence community appear to be waging a determined campaign to oust Donald Trump from the presidency and block any de'tente between the United States and Russia.

Ever since Trump was elected, there has been a string of damaging leaks coming out about classified phone conversations between members of the Trump administration, and Russian officials.

All the leaks, and the reporting on them in the media, have made it appear that Trump and his top officials are too close to Russia and that Russia ---- an "adversary" nation --- may be taking advantage of the U.S.

While previous administrations have had to deal with classified leaks, the number that has taken place since Trump got elected has been unprecedented.

Already the Trump administration has suffered a casualty from this campaign. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was forced to step down after information leaked that he may have improperly discussed the lifting of sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador during a phone call prior to the Trump administration taking office on Jan. 20.

Since it is the intelligence agencies --- primarily the FBI, NSA and CIA --- that have access to the contents of intercepted phone calls between U.S. and foreign officials, the obvious conclusion is that it is intelligence officials that are doing the leaking.

Under law, the disclosure of classified information is a felony criminal violation, no matter who is doing it.

It's apparent that a group of people in the intelligence community, who don't like the direction of Trump's foreign policy due to Trump's repeated statements about establishing better relations with Russia, want to smear him and thwart any rapprochement with Russia.

Russia in turn has previously been discredited with a barrage of claims --- none of them substantiated --- that Russian officials somehow "hacked" the November election and helped Trump win.

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio told an interviewer on FOX Business last week that it's clear what's going on.

"What's at the core of this is an effort by some in the intelligence community to upend any positive relationship between the United States and Russia," he said in the FOX interview, which was also reported by Cleveland.com.

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