It’s the top national security officials of the United States vs. anonymous sources and the national media’s vendetta against President Trump.
An explosive report from the Washington Post citing an anonymous source that claims the president declassified sensitive material to the Russians has caused an earthquake in the news media.
The claim from the Post is that during a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, President Trump revealed highly classified information obtained through the espionage activities of a foreign partner relating to ISIS terror plots. “Most alarmingly,” the Post reports, “Trump revealed the city in the Islamic State’s territory where the U.S. intelligence partner detected the threat.”
The implication is that the president may have endangered that lives of foreign espionage agents working against the Islamic state. It is not unlawful for the president to declassify information – but the president’s most charitable critics are suggesting he lacks judgement while his most fervent critics are going so far as to allege the president is working with the Russians.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, and national security adviser General H.R. McMaster categorically denied that the president revealed classified information to the Russians. Early Monday morning, President Trump tweeted that he did share “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety” with Russian officials at that meeting. It is unclear if the information Trump shared was classified, as reported by the Washington Post.
Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin addressed the report on his radio program Monday night, making several key points.
“Remember, the whole point here is to take out Trump,” Levin said. “The whole point is to destroy the man’s character and his reputation. ‘He must be an incompetent boob.’ ‘He shoots from the hip.’ ‘Maybe he’s even working with the Russians, giving them information’ – it’s just so absurd.”
“Did Barack Obama ever have a situation like this?” Levin asked, noting the rabid media coverage of every single Trump misstep. “The media frenzy never existed. It never occurred. It just didn’t happen.”
Remember Operation Fast and Furious? The IRS scandal? Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress? The surveillance of journalists like James Rosen? Solyndra? Bowe Bergdahl?
Remember when Hillary Clinton kept classified information on an unsecure private email server that was hacked by multiple foreign agencies?
Where were the media earthquakes for those scandals?
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.