The Guardian reports:
Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observer can reveal.
People in the Trump camp contacted private investigators in May last year to “get dirt” on Ben Rhodes, who had been one of Barack Obama’s top national security advisers, and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to Obama, as part of an elaborate attempt to discredit the deal. The extraordinary revelations come days before Trump’s May 12th deadline to either scrap or continue to abide by the international deal limiting Iran’s nuclear programme.
Jack Straw, who as foreign secretary was involved in earlier efforts to restrict Iranian weapons, said: “These are extraordinary and appalling allegations but which also illustrate a high level of desperation by Trump and [the Israeli prime minister] Benjamin Netanyahu, not so much to discredit the deal but to undermine those around it.”
The sick, right-wing obsession with @brhodes gets much worse: Trump aides hired an Israeli intelligence firm to dig into Ben’s personal life in an effort to discredit his support for the Iran deal. https://t.co/T44u0pE7Ur
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 5, 2018
The sitting President — not a campaign — hired a firm to find dirt on the personal lives of former WH aides? Who paid for this?? I know people are cynical about Washington, but, no, this is NOT how things work. This is Nixonian, pure Watergate stuff. https://t.co/YTvi4NC1Zg
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) May 5, 2018
What the hell?! Trump is spying on US citizens? “Getting dirt” on former officials who differ with his policies? This is outrageous. Should jump to top of the list of Trump’s current scandals. https://t.co/eLSkBqhBg6
— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) May 5, 2018