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Trump Leaks Classified Information In Late-Night Twitter Meltdown That Signals Constitutional Crisis

Donald Trump stayed up much later than he usually does to rant much more incoherently than he usually does and directed his anger specifically at the Washington Post, the paper which has consistently broken major stories about his administration’s corruption. Something big is coming.

And like his son, Trump seems to have attempted to get ahead of whatever scandal he’s about to be engulfed in by creating one of his own first. During the rant, Trump alluded to a story about his decision to kill a program that funded Syrian rebels – which was and is…classified information he just confirmed.

The Washington Post recently published a story detailing how Trump has repeatedly sucked up to Vladimir Putin, handing Russia everything they want in Syria.

Cooperation with Russia is becoming a central part of the Trump administration’s counter-Islamic State strategy in Syria, with U.S. military planners counting on Moscow to try to prevent Syrian government forces and their allies on the ground from interfering in coalition-backed operations against the militants.

It was meticulously sourced and not particularly surprising for anyone who has been paying attention to Trump’s foreign policy. So Trump decided his best course of action was to freak out. He then accused the Washington Post of lying in order to help Amazon avoid paying taxes.

If that makes no sense to you, consider yourself lucky, you are more sane than the President of the United States.

What Trump’s tweet did do was confirm information that was highly protected by the CIA, opening it up to Freedom of Information requests in the future.

“Glomar” refers to the standard response many reporters get when asking about secret programs: “We can neither confirm nor deny…” Trump just “confirmed” and therefore they can no longer “deny.” Oops.

It also handed valuable intel over to America’s geopolitical foes, who will no doubt use it as a wedge to serve their own self-interests.

Amazingly, this is the second time in just six months that Trump has been accused of leaking classified information. In a meeting with Russia, the president casually dropped some sensitive intelligence for seemingly no other reason than that he was too dumb to know better and extremely eager to impress the Russian diplomat with his insider knowledge.

Mr. Trump told Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, details about the Islamic State plot, including the city in Syria where the ally learned the information, the current official said. At least some of the details that the United States has about the Islamic State plot came from the Israelis, said the officials, who were not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

All of this puts increasingly pressure on lawmakers to do something about a man clearly too unstable to run the White House. Republicans don’t want to acknowledge it, but repeated leaks coupled with several major scandals plaguing Trump gives new meaning to the words “impeachable offenses.” Not acting to stop Trump from furthering damaging the United States signals a break with how Americans conceptualize Constitutional law. There were supposed to be checks and balances, and Trump has so far had no checks on his mental imbalances.

Where that leaves the country is an exceedingly dark place.


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