Comey firing: Besieged White House denies, defends as new bombshells hit

Cameron Gross
May 17, 2017

But he never fully won over the GOP's foreign policy establishment. They also suggested that US presidents and their officials often leak material when it suits their political purposes to do so. "He plainly does not know what he does not know and is stumbling now in ways that are extremely consequential". According to The Post, officials scrambled to "contain the potential fallout" from the conversation by quickly contacting the directors of the CIA and the National Security Agency.

Donald Trump's National Security Adviser today denied the U.S. president compromised national security when he shared classified information about the Islamic State with Russian officials, saying the leaders had a "wholly appropriate" discussion at the White House last week.

The feedback from Capitol Hill has been brutal, two officials said, with several members of Congress and staffers bluntly offering concern at the notion Trump may have shared classified information.

"This episode", Feaver said, "makes vivid all of those concerns". At least some (although apparently not all) of the information Israel gave the US about the plot was so secret that it was not shared with our other closest allies, such as the United Kingdom and Canada. By doing so, Trump would have jeopardized co-operation from an ally familiar with the inner workings of the Islamic State group, and make other allies - or even USA intelligence officials - wary about sharing future top secret details with the president. The report said the intelligence "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 USA government". "When that happens, then you're in a much more hard position".

Germany is heavily dependent on US intelligence.

Coverage by espionage allies, as well as satellites and listening posts, give the US a broader network of intelligence in regions that are culturally unfamiliar or hard to reach.

Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to defend his actions.

Will this be the tipping point for Republicans who have been far too willing to look the other way from Trump's transgressions? And in a statement, she described the high stakes of the new reports. "Whatever it is, Israel is going to be pulling it out right now because they are not going to take any chances that whoever they have that is this close to ISIS is going to survive for the next 24 hours", Malcolm Nance, a former US intelligence official, said on MSNBC on Tuesday. In a single week, Trump fired the FBI director, told different stories about why, became the target of a congressional investigation that's expanding into money-laundering, shared intelligence with Russian Federation, offered shifting explanations for the latter, and then wound up being accused of wading into a police investigation.

The White House acknowledged Trump made the decision essentially on the spot.

Trump to work as 'mediator' between Israel, Palestine
Israel has rejected the 1967 lines as a possible border, saying it would impose security risks. United States and Israeli officials have declined to confirm the visit.

White House officials denounced the report, saying the president did not disclose intelligence sources or methods to the Russians.

Whether the Russians recognized immediately that the intelligence Trump was discussing had come from Israel. To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge?

A rare Democratic senator who's been friendly with Trump offered some advice: be more careful.

The case against Mr Trump would have to be damning and watertight for Republicans to act against him.

Burkhard Lischka said in a statement to The Associated Press that "if it proves to be true that the American president passed on internal intelligence matters that would be highly worrying".

Vice President Mike Pence insisted that national security adviser Mike Flynn had not discussed Obama-era Russian sanctions when he and Kislyak spoke during Trump's transition to power.

For others, it was just disappointing.

Burr added: "I'd like to think somebody from the White House who was in the room is going to get on the phone and tell me what they said".

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