Yesterday, shocking news broke that Donald Trump, the President of the United States, had shared classified information with a Russian official during a White House meeting.
According to the story originally published by The Washington Post, the information Trump shared with the Russian official jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
The information the president 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.
The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.
Now, reminder, Trump was the guy who built a campaign over rallying his moronic followers into cheering ‘lock her up’, so the irony of Trump committing the same crime he railed against Hillary for, WHILE HE’S PRESIDENT, is almost too much to bare.
Naturally, Trump took to Twitter to try and defend himself (he has not completed his train of thought yet, we will update this post when he does)
I’m not a constitutional expert, so I don’t know the legitimate legality of what Trump did. I do know, however, that Alan Dershowitz, one of the country’s most prominent scholars on United States constitutional law and criminal law and a leading defender of civil liberties called the accusations against Trump ‘most serious charge ever against a sitting US president.’
It sure will be interesting to see how Trump and his supporters try to weasel their ways out of this one.