Lawmakers Dismayed by Report That Trump Spilled Classified Intel


"I am shocked by reports that President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats last week".

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters gathered outside the White House that the report was false, but the wording of his denial addressed an aspect of the situation that the Post story had not, leaving in doubt whether the information itself had been revealed.

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting last week, The Washington Post reported Monday, prompting strong condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans. "Their on-the-record accounts should outweigh those of anonymous sources" in the news report, he said.

While discussing classified matters with an adversary would be illegal for most people, the president has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that Trump's disclosures broke the law, the Post said. "During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations".

However, The Post story and other subsequent reports didn't say that it was sources, methods or military operations discussed, but simply classified information. "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced".

"I was in the room, it didn't happen", McMaster said in statement that lasted less than a minute.

"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operation that were not already publicly known, McMaster said".

HR McMaster told reporters in a brief statement that the Washington Post report published Monday "is false" and "at no time" were intelligence sources or methods discussed during Trump's meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.

What was specifically revealed is murky, but the Post reported that the US partner had not given permission for the information to be shared with Russian Federation, a major breach of intelligence protocol. "It could harm our national security by cutting off important sources of intelligence that protect Americans against terrorist acts".

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Several U.S. news organizations reported that the president, in the Oval Office meeting, disclosed information considered highly classified.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the senior Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is investigating Russian Federation meddling in last year's election, flayed Trump over the report on Twitter.

Reaction from Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees was full-throated.

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In April, CNN first reported that United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies believed that ISIS and other terrorist organizations had developed new ways to place explosives in laptops and other electronic devices to evade airport security screening methods.

The White House has rebutted the story, saying no intelligence sources or methods were discussed.

Trump has been under heavy Russia-related scrutiny amid ongoing investigations into potential links between his campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 3, 2017.

"We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation's secrets is paramount". He added that the national security team is solid and doing good work but "the chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline" is creating a "worrisome" environment.