Tues. 1 p.m.: White House responds to allegations that Trump shared classified intel with Russians
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says says classified information that Trump shared this week with a Russian official, “in no way” compromised intelligence sources and methods.
The adviser, H.R. McMaster, said Trump didn’t know where information that he shared with Russian officials came from. McMaster didn’t deny that Trump had discussed information deemed classified, but today told reporters that the information was available through “open-source reporting.” That typically refers to reporting that’s publicly available, such as news accounts, academic reports or social media.
McMaster says Trump hadn’t been briefed on the source or method of the information.
Trump was later informed that he had broken protocol. White House officials then reached out to the National Security Agency and the CIA in an effort to contain any damage.
McMaster identified Trump’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, as the official who contacted both agencies.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo will brief members of the House intelligence committee later tonight to answer questions about published reports that the president shared classified information with Russian officials.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump shared classified information with Russian officials that jeopardized an intelligence source.
Today, McMaster said the “premise of that article is false.” He added Trump did not have a “conversation that was inappropriate or resulted in any kind of lapse in national security.
McMaster said the real threat to national security was leakers “releasing information to the press.”