Krauthammer On Leak To Russians: Clinton Spilled Classified Info And Dems Ignored It; Not A Lot Here

Charles Krauthammer weighs in on <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html">the <i>Washington Post</i> report that President Trump revealed classified information to Russians</a> in a meeting in the Oval Office last week. The implication is that the president may have revealed information from a partner in intelligence gathering about an asset in ISIS. Krauthammer told an outraged Juan Williams that this is not a "high crime or misdemeanor." He also noted the president has the right to declassify information when he wants. "If he made an indiscreet revelation, inadvertent or not, it's a problem," panelist Brit Hume said. "It goes to the question of his being so naive and so untutored in these matters that he doesn't know what he ought to say and what he ought not or goes to something worse. I suspect the former." "The question is, did he do it unwisely," Krauthammer remarked. "Of all the probabilities, they idea he was acting as a Manchurian candidate feeding information to his Russian operatives and controllers is ridiculous. The only implication here is that he is unschooled." "I don’t think there’s a lot here. This is a president slipping on a banana peel," the syndicated columnist also said. Krauthammer commentary on what he says is a "completely irresponsible" reaction from Democrats and how they were not bothered when a candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, held high-level classified information on a private computer: <blockquote>KRAUTHAMMER: I think these statements are completely irresponsible from the DNC. They have no idea what was revealed. They have no idea the gravity of it. It can be, perhaps it's not, but this is pure opportunism and a reflex reaction. And particularly since their candidate for the presidency had been spilling classified information, some of the highest level, for a year and a half and the Democrats pretended it wasn't a problem or that it should be ignored is rather unseemly. Having said that, the issue is we don't know what the information was. Probably the content of it is not the problem. It sounds as if is we have an ally who has infiltrated into ISIS and this might have helped the Russians see that and perhaps knowing the Russians, that information would be spilled elsewhere. Because after all, the Russians are allied with Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, others. So that information could spread. It's something like what happened some years ago when there's a leak from the Yemen branch of al Qaeda and we learned about, I think they had advanced operations in terms of blowing up airliners by hiding electronics and by leaking that, we revealed that we had somebody inside the operation. It was then blown. And that was the end of that source of information. So, it's not as if it hasn't happened before. It's possible. We are not sure how much of a breach it is but if it did hinder our relations with an ally who has already infiltrated inside, it could be a problem.</blockquote>