We reported earlier today that Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh was ending her tenure in the White House and moving to an outside organization. Sounds like her day is getting a bit rougher as the drama surrounding her departure continues to unfold.
Apparently new talks taking place about finding a replacement for Walsh have focused on who’s been leaking information from the White House.
Any guesses who they think it is?
Yes, that’s right. Walsh.
But she’s not alone.
Breitbart is reporting, Walsh was suspected of being a leaker, White House sources tell Breitbart News. They specifically say a story first reported on Charles Johnson’s Got News weeks ago led to her ultimate demise. Walsh has been reassigned to an outside organization to support the Trump agenda, and White House senior officials presented the news on Thursday as a reassignment, not a termination.
But two sources with direct knowledge of these matters—one inside the White House and one outside—told Breitbart News on Thursday that it was Walsh’s suspected leaking that led to her removal.
In fact, the Washington Post’s White House bureau chief Philip Rucker even reported that White House staff were calling Walsh a Priebus loyalist and “leaky vessel.”
Now, there are four names—according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs—being discussed as a replacement to Walsh in the deputy chief of staff position. Rick Dearborn, the deputy chief for legislative affairs right now who previously served as chief of staff to now-Attorney General, then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, is the leading candidate for the position, White House sources say.
But the other three names being considered, per Jacobs, bring serious levels of concern. One is another ex-Republican National Committee (RNC) Reince Priebus loyalist—Sean Cairncross—who a White House senior aide described to Breitbart News as absolutely being a leaker from inside the White House, just like Walsh. Cairncross, who served alongside Priebus in the senior-most levels of the RNC, has been systemically leaking information designed to help Priebus and hurt Priebus’s rivals inside the White House, a senior official tells Breitbart News.
Senior administration officials have been aware of Cairncross’ leaking behavior, too, and have been watching him closely. An ex-RNC aide who served alongside Cairncross in Priebus’s old shop confirmed to Breitbart News, too, that Cairncross had a history of leaking information from the RNC, potentially at the direction of somebody higher than him. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has not responded to Breitbart News questions about Cairncross’s alleged leaking.
It seems discretion is not a strong suit for a lot of folks in the realm of politics.
It’s critical for a president and members of his administration to be able to trust their staff members with sensitive information in order to function, and with all of these leaks happening, it’s impossible for the current White House to get anything accomplished.
No wonder the president is working so hard to “keep it in the family.”
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]