RUSH: I mentioned Lieutenant Colonel Vindman -- O say can you see? -- earlier. The conventional wisdom is that here's a guy wearing his Army medals -- decorated, National Security Council staff at the White House -- terribly upset over what he thought he heard in a phone call between President Trump and Zelensky of Ukraine.
He was so distressed and was so torn by this, so scared what this meant for American national security, that he had to do something -- and what he had to do was help put in motion the eventual impeachment of Donald Trump. So it became that you couldn't criticize Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, remember? You couldn't criticize anybody wearing the uniform. "No, no, no! Don't you dare." Never mind they could destroy David Petraeus all day long.
They could destroy Michael Flynn all day long, but we can't talk about Lieutenant Colonel Vindman. So Trump comes along finally and fires Vindman and fires Vindman's brother and fires all these people -- Gordon Sondland, all these people -- that participated in the coup, which is what it was. And so here comes the conformist reaction, "Oh, this is horrible. Donald Trump should not be able to retaliate this way.
"This is absolutely reprehensible. This is so beneath... We can't have whistleblowers anymore if there's going to be retaliation!" So the conformist view is whenever there is criticism of a Republican president, it's legit. We gotta sit there. We gotta deal with it. We gotta take it -- and even when it's shown to be bogus and filled with lies, we can't have retribution or reciprocity and deal with the person who got the ball rolling.
Not in my world.
I'm gonna tell you what I think. Have you heard in this whole story that Obama expanded the National Security Council staff to over 230 people? You know what the National Security Council staff is? That's a personal staff to the president. They are in the White House complex. They are in the West Wing and the Old Executive Office Building complex, and they are direct employees of the president. George W. Bush ran the Iraq war and the War on Terror with a hundred members on that council.
Obama expands it and blows it up to 230 with people like the Vindmans, Eric Ciaramella (who is this Pajama Boy whistleblower), and people like Sean Misko, who ends up going to work for Pencil Neck Schiff. And then you remember how Obama multiplied the number of federal agencies who had access to classified data? I think what this actually was... I think as Obama was leaving office, he expanded the National Security Council staff and then enlarged the number of agencies that had access to whatever classified data they did. He planted moles.
This is where they planted the moles. This is where they planted the moles all over the NSC. The Vindman twins, Fiona Hill, the whistleblower, Abigail Grace (who left the NSC shortly after the Trump phone call). She went to work for Schiff. So did Sean Misko. Every one of these people is an Obama holdover. I remember asking, "Why in the hell are they still there? Why didn't Trump clean house and reduce this number back down to 75 to a hundred people who are working for him?" I don't know the answer.
But my guess would be that he had people advising him not to do it.
"It's very important! It was something good that Obama did, Mr. President, so we might take advantage of it." But I think that's where all of this came from. I think it's where the Trump-Russia collusion and all of this came from, the FBI and that element of it, too. But the inside Trump administration moles, the turncoats, whatever you want to call 'em. They are Obama appointees that had jobs expanded as Obama was leaving office for the express purpose of protecting Obama's achievements and sabotaging whoever was to come next -- in this case, Trump.
RUSH: If you look at all this stuff, there has been nothing that has been more potentially damaging to Trump than this garbage coming out of these NSC people and the leaks, the Ukraine impeachment, the Schiff investigation, all these presidential phone call leaks. Where do you think those things came from? Obama holdovers in the National Security Council. I mean, all roads in the effort to get rid of Trump lead right back to the top of the Obama administration. I don't think there's any question about it.