Trump's Russian Federation leak rattles Republican patience

Trump's Russian Federation leak rattles Republican patience

Trump's Russian Federation leak rattles Republican patience

On Tuesday, one day after McMaster went before reporters to deny a Washington Post report that Trump had shared sensitive national security information with Russia, Trump tweeted that it was his right to share the information in question.

GCHQ declined a request for comment. Especially troubling was that a foreign country provided the intelligence confidentially to the U.S.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a retiring Miami Republican who sits on the House Foreign Relations Committee and has always been heavily involved in those issues, also did not support Trump during the campaign. The threat related to laptops carried on airplanes, according to a senior USA official.

The information appears to be related to the basis for a USA and British decision in March to bar laptops and tablets from being carried on board global flights from cities in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries.

Afterward, White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency, the newspaper said.

Armed Services Chairman John McCain issued a statement calling the reports "deeply disturbing" and said they could impede allies' willingness to share intelligence with the future.

The revelation came at a sensitive time for Mr Trump, who last week cited "this Russian Federation thing with Trump" in explaining why he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was leading a probe into Russia's interference with the 2016 election.

"Trumps tweets tried to explain away the news, which emerged late Monday, that he had shared sensitive, code-word information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a White House meeting last week, a disclosure that intelligence officials warned could jeopardise a crucial intelligence source on the Islamic State", the daily said. John McCain, R-Ariz., called the reports "deeply disturbing" and said they could affect the willingness of USA allies and partners to share intelligence with the U.S.

That means secrets are governed by the president and not by laws passed by Congress. The president's authority to make the classification rules comes from his constitutional powers as the commander in chief and head of the executive branch.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded tersely "no" when pressed on whether he had concerns about the president's ability to handle classified information, or whether he was losing confidence in Trump.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., echoed those sentiments and called on the president to provide a "full explanation" to Congress, the intelligence community and the public.

But there are other laws that could come into play when sensitive information is disclosed to harm the US, according to David Pozen, who teaches national security law at Columbia Law School. These include the Espionage Act and Identities Protection Act. "No compromise with national security". But Obama administration officials soon learned that Trump's aides were taking classified information out of the secure room at transition headquarters without approval.

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The information was given to the United States by one of its allies who did not wanted Russian Federation to know about it.

US intelligence-sharing agreements include the Five Eyes program with Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand. These countries share vast amounts of information and promise not to spy on each other.

"There is a special understanding of security cooperation between our countries".

Russia, a top espionage concern for the USA, is different.

One U.S. official said the Obama administration was particularly concerned about the handling of documents related to the government's contingency plans for crises.

And Russia's allies and partners include Syria, Iran, China and other American rivals.

Other American leaders routinely authorized disclosing certain secrets to other countries - but not the way Trump did it.

Typically, before disclosing intelligence to another country, there would be an evaluation of costs and benefits, close consultation with the USA intelligence community, and detailed consideration of how much to say and in what words so as to mitigate risks. "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.

"There need to be serious changes at the White House, immediately", said Sen.

But there are also potential national security consequences. The officials said Trump's disclosures jeopardised a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

But intelligence experts say it's not that simple. Several came to his defense and sought to close ranks. He did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements of a specific plot and how much harm such an attack could cause under varying circumstances.

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