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Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Intel to Russian Officials and More in Politics Today

by Countable | 5.15.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador"

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador 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.

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.

Read more at The Washington Post.

2. "U.S. accuses Syria of killing thousands, burning bodies in crematorium"

The U.S. is accusing Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria of killing thousands of people from 2011 to 2015 and using a crematorium to dispose of their bodies. While Assad allies Russia and Iran may not have had anything to do with the crematorium, they are complicit in the brutal dictator's many other atrocities, according to the U.S.

The Trump administration says the regime has killed as many as 50 people a day at the Saydnaya prison complex in that period, and beginning in 2013, it turned a building on the compound into a crematorium.

Read more at ABC News.

3. "Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to ruling striking down NC voter ID law"

The Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court opinion from last summer that struck down North Carolina's voter ID law.

The law was challenged by civil rights groups and the Obama administration, which argued that the law's photo ID requirement had a disparate impact on minority voters.

Read more at CNN.

4. "Obama: Not bombing Syria ‘required the most political courage’"

Barack Obama defended his decision not to bomb Syria as president in an interview published Monday, casting his controversial decision as an act that "required the most political courage."

Obama spoke with Jack Schlossberg last week before accepting a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. Schlossberg, Kennedy’s grandson and a member of the award committee, released a transcript of their conversation in a Medium post on Monday.

Read more at Politico.

5. "Dem rep calls for Trump’s impeachment"

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) called Monday for President Trump to be impeached following the firing last week of FBI Director James Comey.

In a statement released Monday, Green said Trump is not "above the law."

"He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged. To do otherwise would cause some Americans to lose respect for, and obedience to, our societal norms," he said in a statement.

Read more at The Hill.

— Eric Revell

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  • Mark
    05/15/2017
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    How much more of this are we to take. Donald Trump is a malignant tumor on the body and soul of our country. His pathetic attempts at covering up his lies and actions have reached a tipping point. His administration has no credibility for those of us who deal in facts. Republicans who refuse to hold him accountable are complicit and should suffer the same consequences that are most assuredly heading Trump's way.

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  • Julie
    05/15/2017
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    Enough. It is time for him to go. He is incompetent. Someone in his position should definitively know better.

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  • Nick
    05/15/2017
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    Can we not start drawing up Articles of Impeachment yet, or do we have to wait until he trades the services of the Marine Corps for a Russian TV deal?

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  • Rbrown
    05/15/2017
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    "Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador". YOU'RE FIRED!!!

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  • Helen
    05/15/2017
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    The President's revealing of highly classified information to Russian diplomats last week is outrageous and worrisome. Americans can no longer be assured that even important state secrets can be protected. The current occupant of the White House is clearly dangerous and unfit to hold office. Please make sure America's classified information is kept only in safe hands.

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  • Leo
    05/15/2017
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    I have never thought any modern President would be this stupid!

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  • Snejana
    05/15/2017
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    This is absolutely disgusting! My 5 year old can keep secrets better than this guy. What an embarrassment to the nation he is!

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  • Annette
    05/15/2017
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    Get off your asses and get mad! Get angry! Stop sitting around discussing in detail how Trump is tearing apart our nation! This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Doesn't that mean anything to you! Write letters to your Senators! Flood them with phone calls! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! COUNTRY FIRST! March in the streets! GET INVOLVED!

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  • Antara
    05/15/2017
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    Welp we all knew it was coming

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  • Ann
    05/15/2017
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    Stop supporting and excusing Trump's treason! It's making you look more and more complicit! Get off his sinking ship and impeach!

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  • Luis
    05/15/2017
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    Trump is an idiot to say the least! This is called the art of the worst deal or maybe from Russia with love!

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  • Debra
    05/15/2017
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    This is ridiculous. He's a threat to our National Security, to the USA period!

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  • Tami
    05/16/2017
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    Please put America first. Trumps highly questionable ties to Russia, sudden firing of James Comey and now this information continue to prove he is untrustworthy and dangerous for our country. We need a special investigation to know what is going on. The American people deserve better.

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  • Judith
    05/16/2017
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    Start Impeachment NOW! #DontCloseGuantanamoJustYet

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  • Bob
    05/15/2017
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    This is just unbelievable! Enough is enough! It is time for Congress to fulfill their constitutional responsibility of checks and balances by forgetting partisanship bickering and establishing an independent commission to get to the bottom of the Russia - Trump connection. If impeachment is out of the question, Congress needs to put aside partisanship gridlock and bring back the spirit of compromise to get on with the people's business!

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  • VSB
    05/16/2017
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    Congress step up and get information and do something. This could cost people's lives! There will more than likely be a hunt for the ally who revealed this information since it appears our POTUS shared classified information with Russia who is not our ally. This is so serious and we need answers! Get an independent special prosecutor! Do it now! This is a country over party issue and this investigation into Russian interference and Trump and his campaign's involvement need an independent investigation! 80 percent of Americans want this!

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  • Gary
    05/15/2017
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    What the HELL is this IDIOT doing? Come on this guy is one conversation away from causing a major incident. Do you find it interesting that he meet with the Russians a day after her fired FBI Director? What a disgrace... how do like him now?

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  • Andy
    05/16/2017
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    If this proves to be true, you must do your duty and take action to protect the American people from this president's incompetence.

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  • Rosa
    05/16/2017
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    Begin mpeachment now

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  • Rita
    05/16/2017
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    Paul Ryan stated back in July 2016 that anyone who is careless with classified information should no longer have access to it! Why doesn't this apply to #45? How much longer is this imbecile going to be allowed to erode our democracy? This man has been compromised and people sitting on their freaking hands allowing it to happen! Russia is not our friend! Do something PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

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