National Security

Report: Trump Shared Classified Info With the Russians

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Remember Trump's secret meeting with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister? The meeting that a Russian photographer was allowed to take photos of while no American reporters were allowed in the room.

According to the Washington Post, Trump blurted out highly classified information about an intelligence source during his meeting with the Russians.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency. [...]

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.” [...]

In his meeting with Lavrov, Trump seemed to be boasting about his inside knowledge of the looming threat. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” the president said, according to an official with knowledge of the exchange.

While the Washington Post is aware of exactly what Trump disclosed during the meeting, they are not publishing the details because doing so would be irresponsible. The "fake news," as Trump likes to call them, is showing more responsibility than he did.

Two officials also confirmed the Washington Post's report with Buzzfeed News.

Two US officials who were briefed on Trump’s disclosures last week confirmed to BuzzFeed News the veracity of the Post report, with one official noting that “it’s far worse than what has already been reported.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee was also briefed on Trump’s disclosures, one of the officials said.

I don't think anyone should automatically assume this was an accident. Trump is known for saying things he shouldn't say, but we still don't know the extent to which he's been compromised by the Russians.

  • Badgerite
    • I don’t think they need any kompromat on him. He is so eager to impress them that he’ll say or do just about anything. I’m surprised he didn’t bomb someone to show off his powers, like a kid with a new toy.

      • Badgerite

        The GOP………”Let’s build a fire in the middle of the living room floor to cook dinner.”
        That’s trump. God help the people in the field who have to deal with this POS. He doesn’t even care about the harm he has done. The person whose life he endangered. He only cares about bragging to Russians.
        I can’t have respect for the office with this soul less POS occupying it.
        Nor can I manage “civility” while the GOP burns the house down.

  • Badgerite
    • Aynwrong

      Bit of an overstatement. How does one own something that never existed? Otherwise on point.

  • Badgerite
  • Ceoltoir

    Hillary Clinton was raked over the coals by the press for almost two years over the suggestion being made by Congressional republicans that she’d done far less than this. Notice how they are trying to pretend this didn’t happen.

    • ninjaf

      In all fairness, she does have a uterus and a (D) after her name so it is totally not at all the same.

      • Indeed, there is a +200 to damage when the person in question is female.

  • Scopedog

    Just leaving this here (because, hell–it’s from Jeffrey Wright, it’s funny, and we could use a laugh right now):

    https://twitter.com/jfreewright/status/864259183088201729

  • Badgerite

    Oh my God. Again. If for some reason the United States would have to go to war with this crowd in charge there is a very good chance we would lose.

  • Michael B. Conway

    There are only two options: Either Trump is mentally defective, or he is a Russian agent. There are only two options.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump is a seven-year-old who knows a secret and just can’t help but blurt it out because it’s so exciting to know something others don’t.

    “[I]t’s far worse than what has already been reported.”

    I have no doubt.

    –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      A seven year old would have far more self awareness and maturity than the our Toddler-in-chief.

  • Aynwrong

    President Stupid is as President Stupid does.

    How anyone defends or downplays this and still consider themselves patriots is simply mind boggling. But we already know that their are people who will. My assumption: Stupidity, cynicism or an equal mixture of both.

  • It was only a matter of time. A it will be just more treasonous behavior for the GOP to ignore.

    • Draxiar

      I see many of them in the GOP saying “it’s disturbing…troubling…”…and so on. Y’know, the hollow gossamer thin platitudes they usually use when they need to excuse bad behavior by someone in their cult. How far does it have to go before they decide to act against what they have to know to be destructive governance?

  • fry1laurie

    I remember when Hillary Clinton was unqualified for the office of President because she DIDN’T release classified info on her emails. Times sure have changed, but Republicans haven’t. Still the biggest hypocrites of ’em all.