Krauthammer: Dem Statements on Trump Intel Disclosure ‘Completely Irresponsible’

Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer criticized Democratic reactions to a Washington Post story that alleged President Donald Trump may have disclosed classified information to Russian officials that visited the White House last week.

The statement from the Democratic National Committee said: “Russia no longer has to spy on us to get information. They just asked President Trump and he spills the beans with highly classified information that jeopardizes our national security.”

Krauthammer called the statement “completely irresponsible,” but acknowledged that it later could be a problem.

“I think these statements are completely irresponsible from the DNC,” Krauthammer said. “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 just 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 a half and all the Democrats pretended it either wasn’t a problem or that it should be ignored. It’s 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. What it sounds is if — 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,” he continued. “So that information could spread. It’s something like what happened some years ago when there was a leak from the Yemen branch of al Qaeda and we learned about the — 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 who was blown. And that was the end of that source of information. So this is — 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 relationship with an ally who’s already infiltrated inside, it could be a problem.”

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