Yesterday at 7:45 pm EST, the Washington Post released an important article on how President Trump has released classified intel with Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
This meeting took place one day after the firing of F.B.I. Director James Comey. Comey was fired, clearly over his investigation on Russian influence in the 2016 election, and whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.
The article says, “In a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.” Donald Trump didn’t release just any old evidence to the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador. The evidence was 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.” What this means is that the Intel was not gathered by the U.S. so that the U.S. didn’t even have the right to release this information even to their allies, definitely not an adversarial nation like Russia.
According to the Post, Trump started by bragging saying, “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day.” This occurrence was according to unnamed U.S. officials who were concerned about Trump’s sharing of information on ISIS. The intelligence was about how ISIS may have the ability to launch an attack on an airplane by using a computer bomb. Washington Post’s national security reporter Greg Miller talked about how Trump went into great detail with the Russian officials about “the specifics of this plot and how it’s coming together and what the Islamic State is doing to try to pull this off.”(The interview is down below). Senior White House Officials were so concerned about what Trump said; they called both the NSA and the CIA to warn them about what had just transpired between Trump and Russian Officials. Officials have come out saying that Israel was the source of intel on the Islamic State. With the release of this highly classified information, officials are concerned that this may have cut ties with Israel on giving us further information on ISIS. Especially since Israel has far different goals in Syria than Russia. Israel would love to see Bashar Al Assad overthrown since they want to be the biggest power in the region. On the other hand, Russia is committed to standing by Assad and making sure he stays in power.
Yesterday, National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster had an emergency news conference saying, “The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false. The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation. At no time—at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.” While later Donald Trump’s tweeted response to this issue seemed to contradict one of his officials yet again saying, “As President, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts about terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.” The tweet showed how Trump did in fact release intel to the Russians. In the end, this is yet another ground for Trump’s impeachment.
VIDEOS TO SHOW
Title: Washington reacts to Trump’s disclosure of classified information
Description: The White House and lawmakers reacted May 15 to Washington Post revelations that President Trump disclosed classified information during a meeting with Russian officials. http://wapo.st/2qlSBj4)
Title: What Trump’s classified revelations to Russian officials mean for allies
Description: Washington Post national security reporter Greg Miller explains what President Trump’s potential disclosures to Russian officials means going forward. http://wapo.st/2pQs7mj)