RantCrush Top 5: May 16, 2017
Welcome to RantCrush Top 5, where we take you through today’s top five controversial stories in the world of law and policy. Who’s ranting and raving right now? Check it out below:
Last night, it was revealed that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information during his meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. This information involved an ISIS plot to use laptop computers on airplanes, and was so sensitive that details about it were withheld from other U.S. allies and even from some agencies within the U.S. government. According to the Washington Post, Trump allegedly also mentioned the specific city in which the threat had been discovered.
An official confirming Post story to us and says, ““it’s far worse than what has already been reported” https://t.co/xPggSHW9Bt
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) May 15, 2017
The meeting in question took place the day after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating the Trump/Russia ties. American journalists were blocked from attending the meeting, while a Russian photographer was allowed in. Now some U.S. officials have called the news shocking and reckless, and Democratic Congressman Al Green called for Trump’s impeachment, saying that he’s not above the law and that he must be charged. This morning, Trump seemed to admit that he did share the information, even after the White House completely denied the allegations last night. This is a mess that could have serious consequences.
it’s fun to recall that Trump’s campaigned for president on a platform of handling of classified intel securely and proper records retention
— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) May 15, 2017