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Russian foreign minister mocks media over Trump disclosures

22 Mai 2017

Anyway, it's more likely that the information describing ISIS terrorists' plans to stage attacks on civilian aircraft which was discussed by the Russian minister and the US leader, according to national security adviser H.R. McMaster, was provided to the occupant of the White House not by the "Feds" (FBI) but the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency. To discuss this, Paul Pillar joins us now in the studio. Do you expect that this will harm relationships? And I'm not sure how much we're going to recover.

But a senior congressional staffer confirmed that the information divulged by Trump involved laptop computers and batteries. And we have a great deal.

House Republican Justin Amash of MI says it could be grounds for impeachment if President Donald Trump urged FBI Director James Comey to end a probe of former adviser Michael Flynn.

Mark Hertling, a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN, said giving Russian Federation information has not historically led to them being forthcoming with the United States.

Intelligence professionals in the United States are "deeply concerned, frustrated and increasingly disillusioned", one former intelligence official said. We aren't getting a direct answer from. "We have a partner that has done us a favor".

How do we know Russia's transcript hasn't been edited? Faced with proof of their lies, they invoked innocent memory lapses. It's absolutely critical to maintain these healthy intelligence liaison relationships especially for the topic of counterterrorism.

Top officials and the president said this sharing was within his legal rights as the nation's ultimate declassifier of state secrets, that the president was seeking Russian aid in combatting terrorism and that he did not speak of sources or methods for obtaining the intelligence.

But he made no mention of Trump divulging intelligence to Russian Federation that a U.S. administration official said had originally come from Israel. I think it would be good for him if he did.

"I am familiar with a few other cases over the years in other countries where they made use of materials - perhaps even in a more scandalous manner than was described by the media in this case". But behind the scenes, USA intelligence officials were divided on the real world impact.

One U.S. official even said that the president "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies".

The White House moved quickly to try to swat the story.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Tuesday that what Trump shared was "wholly appropriate", and that Bossert acted "maybe from an overabundance of caution". A plurality in the poll, 41 percent, said they have "no confidence at all" in Trump's ability to handle classified intelligence.

SHAPIRO: What about intelligence agents in the field?

PILLAR: Yes. It's not just other foreign governments and foreign services that see what's happening. But once again, the clause depends on disclosure of classified information - and Trump can simply say he declassified the information when he gave it to the Russians.

That law exists: It is a federal crime to communicate "classified information" to an "unauthorized person".

That sort of back-channel communication is not unprecedented, says Pillar, who's now a fellow at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies.

PILLAR: You're welcome, Ari.

Russian foreign minister mocks media over Trump disclosures