REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY DEFENDING TRUMP’S RELEASE OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO RUSSIA

Republican lawmakers have already begun spinning President Trump’s release of classified information to Russia.

The Washington Post reported earlier that the President had given Russian foreign policy officials classified information pertaining to a critical source of information regarding ISIS.

Asked about the incipient scandal, Senator John McCain, gave a legal answer, but not necessarily an answer critical of the President, “we certainly don’t want any president to leak classified information, but the president does have the right to do that,” Mr. McCain told a reporter for the Associated Press. Republican Jim Risch was more defensive when he spoke with Talking Points Memo, “It’s no longer classified the minute he utters it.”

The Republican Party seems unwilling to police the President’s conduct.

While it is true that a President can decide to declassify intelligence at will, Mr. Trump is doing so in an environment where he is already under suspicion for engaging in treasonous or near-treasonous behavior with Russia. Even with the recent firing of James Comey, the Republican Party is nearly uniformly unwilling to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. This has led to an inference among thinking people that Republicans care more about party and power than for country.

Republicans have repeatedly confirmed this viewpoint by questioning people’s right to protest, arresting critical journalists, suppressing voting and now sitting back while America’s institutions show signs of stress as the President reels from one self-created crisis to another.

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