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.