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White House Denies Trump Leaked Intel to Russians in Meeting Last Week

by Countable | 5.15.17

An anonymously-sourced report published Monday by The Washington Post cited current and former intelligence officials who said President Donald Trump revealed classified information about an ISIS plot to use laptops to bring down airliners and the location of the threat in Syria during a meeting last week with Russian officials.

The unnamed sources expressed concern that the information Trump conveyed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak could jeopardize the source and undermine cooperation with the U.S. ally which gathered and shared the intelligence. According to the report, the intelligence was given "code word" classification, which means that the information was compartmentalized so that only those who have been cleared can access it. If true, the revelation could also give Russian intelligence greater insight into U.S. intelligence gathering in the region.

The Trump administration has denied the allegation that classified information was revealed either deliberately or inadvertently. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster — the only named source in the Post’s report — was in attendance and denied that there were "any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly."

Two other senior administration officials — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell — have denied that sensitive information related to sources, methods, or operations was revealed, and said only discussion of "common threats" occurred. McMaster gave a succinct briefing to the press outside of the White House Monday evening:

It’s worth noting that despite their denials, the statements made by McMaster and the other administration officials don’t explicitly rule out that Trump revealed the name of the city where the threat was detected, as that information wouldn’t be considered a "source" or “method.”

While there will likely be outcry from lawmakers characterizing the alleged disclosure as reckless, the president — unlike most other government employees — has wide ranging authority to declassify state secrets, so it’s highly unlikely he would’ve broken any law by discussing the information with the Russians.

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  • Richard
    05/16/2017
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    Action needs to be taken to independently investigate the president and his men regarding their contacts with Russia during the campaign and following the election. Our fate as a country and democracy hangs in the balance. Please act today!

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  • Patrick
    05/16/2017
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    Senator Rubio. I'm at the point that everything Trump and his surrogates say is a lie. When are you republicans going to develop a spine and call him out?

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  • Susan
    05/16/2017
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    How much more does the American people have to put up with, with this administration??? What is being done? We can't take to much more of this president. Please, please, please tell me you are encouraging your fellow democrats and republicans to start the impeachment process!

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  • Laurie
    05/16/2017
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    Of course he will deny it. Exactly like a 5 year old who gets caught stealing candy.

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  • Lynn
    05/16/2017
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    INDEPENDENT COUNSEL/PROSECUTOR - NOW!!!!!!

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  • Amanda
    05/16/2017
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    It is time, we the people are unable to do much more than complain and make noise! It up to Congress to act, and to act now! He needs to be removed! Not investigated, no studies, REMOVED! Now! Do you hear us! NOW! Please!!!!

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  • Rita
    05/16/2017
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    We the American people call on our representatives to start impeachment proceedings against this president and his administration! Our very democracy is at risk. The Republicans don't seem to be interested in finding out the facts or truth so they must be colluding with Russia as well. Paul Ryan stated back in July 2016 that if anyone is careless with classified information that individual should no longer have access to sensitive information. Why doesn't this apply to #45?

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  • Deborah
    05/16/2017
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    It's very hard to teach children to speak the truth and uphold American values when the president is behaving in the exact opposite manner. Please, do something. This cannot go on the way it has been going since January 20th.

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  • Rebecca
    05/16/2017
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    What sloppy incompetence! You can't let this stand. To think of all that Hillary had to go through when her emails were classified after the fact, and here's Trump boasting about classified details directly to a non-ally's face!

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  • Angela
    05/16/2017
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    Enough is enough. What more can we do to get this moron out of office?

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  • Chuck
    05/16/2017
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    Knowing how often the WH lies would lead any rational thinking person not believe them now

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  • Tina
    05/16/2017
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    We need independent investigation into Trump and his cabinet!! This man is not above the law!!! Please impeach!!

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  • Christopher
    05/16/2017
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    Is the enemy of my enemy my friend, or my enemy? If we wish to defeat our enemies both foreign and domestic we must have confidence in our leadership. This administration has given all the indications of compromise to foreign potentates and lived to keep violating the constitution. If the GOP does not rise up to challenge this administration, the blood of the next conflict will be squarely upon their party. It's time to summon the courage and be held accountable for this administration, or face oblivion.

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  • Jerry
    05/16/2017
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    When are our elected political leaders going to protect us from any more irreparable damage caused by this ridiculously under-qualified administration? Every day that goes by is a stain on your credibility.

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  • William
    05/16/2017
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    It's absolutely terrifying that the President of the United States leaked highly classified information to the Russians. That's even without taking into account that this occurred the day after Trump fired the head of the FBI, who was leading the Russia investigation. The GOP must end their obstruction now! In the sake of short term political gain their sacrificing the credibility of the United States both at home and abroad.

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  • Heapsy
    05/16/2017
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    Denying crimes and wrongdoings has worked for him thus far, but I think this move might get Republicans to finally budge and see the proverbial light. This is not partisan politics or bickering; the President of the US has many shady connections to Russia and to boot, fired Comey, welcomed Kislyak and Lavrov into the Oval Office and now, it seems, he gave them incredibly sensitive and highly classified information. We are in a downwards spiral.

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  • Rebecca
    05/16/2017
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    Whether Trump did or didn't give away classified information will be debated, but what we do know is that he denied the American press any access to this meeting. We also know that he has massive financial ties to Russian individuals and, possibly, to the country. This accusation is just another spray of gasoline on an out of control fire. The GOP need to take their heads out of the sand and do something about the damage that Trump is inflicting on our country. Last time I checked, we were still a democracy, and there is a majority of Americans who want an investigation, and many who want Trump out of office because of his behavior and lack of intelligence and integrity. Congress, you should listen. It is time to act, or the next election will find that anyone who backs Trump will be held accountable and voted out of office.

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  • Tineke
    05/16/2017
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    The problem is that they have lied continuously. Who would still trust anything these awful people say?

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  • Lisa
    05/16/2017
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    What I say is true: the people are finding it harder and harder to trust the GOP. Your action since Trump came into office have resembled that of an emerging/developing country and allowing the president to derail the country. We need an independent prosecutor to oversee the Russian investigation...so far the GOP has clearly demonstrated PARTY OVER COUNTRY and that is UNACCEPTABLE. The way Trump has treated the office of President has been with flagrant disrespect for the constitution and the good of the country. It's hard to see any remaining fiber of moral integrity the way the GOP has turned a blind eye to all that Trump has done...very ashamed!!!

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  • Jacob
    05/16/2017
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    Bullshit.

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