16 May

Trump revealed classified information in meeting with Russian officials, damaged U.S. security

Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a glass during a ceremony of receiving diplomatic credentials from foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 9, 2016. / AFP / POOL / SERGEI KARPUKHIN (Photo credit should read SERGEI KARPUKHIN/AFP/Getty Images)

One day after dismissing FBI director James Comey expressly for continuing the investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Donald Trump had visitors at the White House. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak came expressly by request from Vladmir Putin—and they didn’t leave empty handed.

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information Trump relayed 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 U.S. government, officials said.

Trump’s blabbing to Russia jeopardizes the nation’s relationship with an ally, endangers forces on the ground, and weakens the United States’ strategic situation with ISIS.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

What Trump did during a single meeting dwarfs any potential danger caused by all the low-level information that passed through Hillary Clinton’s email server—times 10.

Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” Not fit!

Paul Ryan Tweet (From July 7, 2016)

It’s simple: Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ w/ classified info should be denied further access to it.

Today at his weekly press briefing, Speaker Ryan discussed the letters he sent to FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper earlier today in response to the FBI’s conclusion of its investigation of Secretary Clinton, as well as other measures House Republicans are taking to restore effective oversight. Below are his opening remarks:

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