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Can Trump Be Dismissed For Disclosing Classified Information to Russia?

Officials tell paper Trump revealed highly classified information on ISIS to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, current and former U.S. officials told The Washington Post on Monday.

The sources, who were not named, claimed Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group.

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, the officials said.

After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

“This is code-word information,” a U.S. official familiar with the matter told the newspaper, 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,” the official claimed.

The newspaper’s report comes amid an investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Trump last week hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a key figure in earlier Russia controversies who was revealed to have had conversations with former national security adviser Michael Flynn which led to the latter’s dismissal.

So far, there have been three US presidents against whom the impeachment procedure has been opened: Johnson (demoted in the 1860s by the impeachment procedure), Nixon (resigned as a result of the Wateragate scandal) and Clinton (impeachment following the Monica Lewinsky scandal ).

It is massively betting that Donald Trump will not end his mandate, given his campaign and the problems of the first months of his mandate. But what are the chances to be dismissed as a result of leaked classified information, as Trump demanded Clinton’s closure of such allegations?

The disclosure of classified information is illegal, but the president has special status-in short, has the right to disclose classified information in almost any circumstances consider. He can not be accused of treason, because America is not at war with Russia. Regardin Syria, The US and Russia have only interests distinct although both are against ISIS, United States opposes and condems Bashar regime, while Russia supports it.
Even if Donald Trump did not do anything illegal, impropriety is a political procedure, so legality is not relevant – it’s just the will of Congress. In the end, classified disclosures are most likely a threat to national security, even if the President appears to have revealed them in error.
The power lies in the hands of Paul Ryan (Speaker in the House of Representatives) and Mitch McConnell (Senate majority leader). Even though their statements about Trump’s actions are disagreeable, there are no signs of going so far as to take him down. Even during the campaign, it was clear that Paul Ryan preferred to keep quiet to protect his personal agenda and party.
If Congress believe that Trump’s actions are not dignified by the US presidency, they can take it down.
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  1. Fed Sec Agent

    Trump is the highest original classifying authority in the U.S. Anyone below Trump who has classifying authority, is actually delegated from Pres. Trump. Next, classification requires a direct influence on U.S. National Security. Since ISIS already knows what they are doing, any “classification” of “within ISIS public information” only serves to protect ISIS. Exactly the opposite of what should happen. You can classify the means and methods used to obtain the ISIS info, but it is wrong to classify the actual information. The ISIS information should be released to every country on our side in the war on terror!

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