What if this was always the plan?
Timing is everything.
Why deploy vested powers of the Office of the President (under 'verifiable' matters of National Security) when you can instead unveil America's TRUE ENEMY?
"We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie."
You are not safe.