Nancy Pelosi: Trump sharing classified info would be ‘very, very damaging’

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said if President Donald Trump revealed intelligence from a US ally to Russian officials, it would be “very, very damaging.” Pelosi made her comments at a CNN town hall Monday evening moderated by anchor Chris Cuomo in the wake of a Washington Post report citing current and former US officials saying Trump revealed highly classified information in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak …

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Dershowitz: Most serious charge ever against a sitting US president

May 16, 2017

(CNN)Defense attorney and constitutional law scholar Alan Dershowitz said Monday that President Donald Trump is now facing “the most serious charge ever made against a sitting president” after reports that he shared highly classified information with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador during a White House visit last week. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” one official with knowledge told the Post Trump said, before the …

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If the president says it, is it no longer classified?

May 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)If President Donald Trump did indeed reveal highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador, many lawmakers said his actions are irresponsible and potentially dangerous. But were they illegal? “This (what Trump did) is worse than criminal,” Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus, said on “Erin Burnett OutFront” on Monday. But, he added: “It’s not criminal.” …

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Intel officials: Trump disclosure ‘carelessly’ threatened relationship with ally

May 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)A Washington Post report that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian diplomats in a meeting last week drew immediate reactions from intelligence officials, who warn any revelations jeopardizing “a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State” would severely impact international cooperation on matters of national security. The report claims that Trump relayed sensitive details gathered through an intelligence-sharing …

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State Dept. left in the dark about Tillerson statement on Post’s Trump report

May 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)Confusion at the upper levels of US government was on display Monday as the White House scrambled to respond to a report that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russian officials last week. The only issue: State Department officials had no idea the statement had come out, learning about it only from CNN. It was more than 20 minutes later before Tillerson’s agency released the same terse 44-word statement that echoed the phrasing other …

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