One lunch meeting may have launched a mutiny of leaks to discredit and subvert a Trump appointee whose bureau had seen success in moving the President’s agenda forward.
The appointee, Mari Stull, was tapped to be the Senior Adviser at the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs. She had seen some success in making her department’s priorities align with the President’s agenda.
Six weeks after she was appointed, the knives came out. When Stull and her boss, Amb. Kevin Moley left for Geneva, there was a lunch meeting with ten people from her department in attendance. It was going to be a gripe-fest, and everyone was expected to have a complaint. Some reportedly felt ‘pressured’ to give an answer.
Back at the State Department, Erin Barclay, a senior career diplomat at the IO bureau, invited more than ten civil servants within the bureau to a lunch meeting.
At the meeting, Molly Phee, another senior career diplomat, went around the table and asked each civil servant for complaints about Stull and took notes. Another senior career diplomat in the IO bureau, Nerissa Cook, was also there. One civil servant who participated in the meeting would later say the meeting felt uncomfortable, and that there was pressure to say something.
Several weeks later, the first hit piece against Stull ran in an exclusive Foreign Policy report. The June 13 piece alleged that Stull was “vetting” U.S. employees at the State Department and at the United Nations to determine whether they were “loyal” to President Trump.
The piece also alleged Stull had a “highly secretive management style,” had emerged as the most “dominant force” in the bureau, had required that she review new directives from the office before they went out, and that she was stripping references to “international law” and “international order” from action items and memos.
That, in turn, led to some ‘concerned’ Democrats sending a letter to Pomeo demanding specific answers about Stull.
Those Democrats included Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ), Rep. Eliot Engel (NY), and Elijah Cummings (MD). Senator Menendez, you may recall, was ‘credibly accused’ of Corruption and sexual allegations involving minors, and his trial resulted in a hung jury. (That’s how they would tell his story if he were a Republican politician or nominee, right?)
But after the first wave of leaks against Stull, more and more have been coming, in faster and faster succession.
Another exclusive Foreign Policy piece on August 2 alleged that Stull had solicited suggestions — but did not include all of them — in a rebuttal to a UN report that alleged 40 million Americans are poor and more than five million live in “Third World conditions.”
That’s just Foreign Policy. Politico has been running leaked tales undercutting another Trump appointee, Brian Hook.
We’re seeing no shortage of such stories, breathlessly reported by the partisan media, the same media that gets their collective panties in a twist when Brennan has his Security Clearance pulled, and who get livid when the President announces he’s going to make public some of the texts and documents that have associated with those accused of abusing political powers to spy on US citizens.
The Swamp has been threatened with a loss of its power.
The Swamp doesn’t like it, and is lashing out. Psychologists call this kind of emotional acting out an ‘extinction burst’.
“The extinction burst is basically what happens when the tantrum’s not working any longer– it actually gets worse for a time before it fades away.” — GMD
When we see a reaction like this from the Swamp, guess what?
Cheer up, it’s working!