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because we should fit into your life, not the other way around. go to xfinity.com/myaccount hi there, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. you're watching cnn. for the second time in less than 24 hours, the white house is defending president trump against an accusation that one legal scholar constitutes, quote, the most serious charge ever made against a sitting president. cnn has now confirmed the details first reported in "the washington post" that president trump divulged highly classified information to not one but two russian officials during this white house visit last week. sources say the president
describes specifics on how isis hopes to ooze laptop computers as bombs on airplanes. the sources say the president did not reveal the source of the information but intelligence officials say there is concern that russia will be able to figure out the highly sensitive source. the president then tweeted this morning that he, quote, has the right to share the information with the russians. moments ago, he qualified his time with sergey lavrov and the ambassador this way. >> we had a very, very successful meeting with the foreign minister of russia. our fight is against isis, as general mcmaster said. i thought he said and i know he feels that we had actually a great meeting with the foreign minister. >> just before that, the president's national security adviser, h.r. mcmaster, insisted
the president did nothing wrong but he would not clarify if classified information was, in fact, disclosed. >> are you denying that you revealed information given to the u.s. by an intelligence partner? >> so, what we don't do is discuss what is and isn't classified. what i will tell you is that in the context of that discussion, what the president discussed with the foreign minister was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged that could jeopardize our security. >> you do have these types of relationships with the u.s. will stop providing that information? >> no, i'm not concerned at all. that conversation was wholly appropriate. >> if there was something that the president should not have said -- >> i would say from an over abundance of caution. i have not talked to mr. bostert
about that, about why he reached out. >> clearly you would understand why there was a reason to reach out. >> i was in the room. the secretary of state was in the room, as you know, the deputy assistant adviser for national security power was in the room and none of us felt in any way that that conversation was inappropriate. >> what the report said is that the president revealed classified information that it had been shared by one of our allies in the middle east. the question is simply a yes or no question here. did the president share classified information with the russians in that meeting? >> as i mentioned already, we don't say what's classified, what's not classified. what i will tell you again is that what the president shared is wholly appropriate. >> our jeff zeleny, let's go to you. if you were to do a work cloud of that work meeting, wholly appropriate were the words mentioned the most and he said the president had the information but didn't actually
know how sensitive that information was. >> that was pretty extraordinary at the end of the news conference. he said the president simply was not briefed on the very sensitive nature of this. the implied sort of statement there is that he couldn't have shared anything inappropriate because he wasn't briefed on it. but let's watch the national security adviser say that about the president and then we'll talk on the other side. >> the president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation. the president wasn't even aware of where this information came from. he wasn't briefed on the sourt of information either. >> so again, saying the president wasn't aware of the sources and methods, it didn't answer the question about classified information being shared. the national security adviser was given multiple chances to answer that and decided not to, of course. but he did confirm,
interestingly that they reached out to the cia to give them a heads up that the president leaked this information. he did not reject that line of questions from the wa"the wall journal" at all. he said perhaps it was an overabun da overabundance of caution. they are trying, first and foremost, i'm told, to, quote, calm republicans on the hill. they are trying to contain this briefing to 11:30 a.m. eastern time. they were trying to get ahead of this. you might argue that they are 12 hours too late. they definitely were trying to show the national security adviser out there. it's having some effect. the republicans that how long
that lasts. the takeaway is, the president still does not get his daily intelligence briefing. and perhaps that is why he was not aware of the sources and methods of this. perhaps some people are holding things for him. i'm not sure. that, to me, is the question going forward here. why is that a good thing that the president wasn't aware specifically of the sources and methods? >> it's one of the questions that i have for my panel. jeff zeleny, thank ou so much in washington. so much to discuss. amy pope is joining me, former national security adviser under president obama and david chalian, cnn political director. great to have both of you on. david, to zeleny's point, the president, he had this information, didn't realize how sensitive it was. wasn't briefed on the source of the intelligence. what would be the reason the president of the united states would do this?
>> well, i don't know. the answer is i don't know what the reason is but one my surmise we've heard this president talk very often at the top of the show as a desire to work with the russians to solve the syria problem. perhaps he was sharing some pieces of information that he had in his head from some briefing that he could impress upon the russians in a way that he could help their efforts in their relationships with assad and in solving part of the syria problem. perhaps. but here's my larger question, brooke. why is the president of the united states in an oval office meeting with our adversaries, never mind the extra heightened tension put on trump's relationship with russia, but why is he freelancing or why is this not one of the most transcripted conversations ever
and why is he passing on information he if has no idea what the source of the information is? >> right. right. and meetings like this are on the calendar for weeks, there are conversations about what to be discussed. it's an excellent question. amy, same question to you, why do you think the president would do this, really simple? >> it's inexplicable. this kind of information would never be information that would you share with an adversary, particularly when it's involving their intent here in the united states. it doesn't make any sense. it suggests that somebody didn't do their homework, perhaps, in briefing the president or the president didn't pay attention when he needed to. there's no good answer for why he would do this. >> we're hearing that jeff pointed out that general mcmaster is respected on both sides of the aisle and john
mccain was asked about the mcmaster defense of the president and he said, "i take general mcmaster at his word." but this raises question of credibility. >> that was part of his job today, to restore his own credibility. if you listen to what he said last night, the entire "washington post" story as reported is false and said at the end, i was in the room and that didn't happen. today from the podium, he was aware of the blow back he was getting because he said, well, what i really was saying was that i thought the premise of the story was false, that i thought the insinuations being made in the story was false. well, that's very different than actually questioning the reporting that is in the story and he got a lot of questions about this in the briefing. john carl of abc news reported on this. he was responding to stuff not in the initial reporting and today cleared that up by saying
he was responding to what he felt was insinuated or what the premise of the story was. >> the story was wrong but it was the premise of the story that was wrong. we heard from leon panetta today, former defense secretary. amy, let me play this for you. >> the problem is, obviously presidents can do whatever they want. but what is the damage from that? it's that this country may cut off any kind of intelligence provided to the united states on very sensitive issues that relate to the national security in this country. that's the damage that can be done here. and the president needs to understand that this is not a joke. this is serious business that relates to the security of this country. >> and amy, you know how republicans and democrats, they are criticizing and questioning whether the president of the united states truly understands the gravity of his job. what do you think?
>> i think that is a legitimate question at this point. it's more -- it is, of course, the security of the united states because we rely on our allies around the world to give us information. if we can't show at the highest levels of government that we can be trusted to safeguard that information to use it appropriately and to let them know when we intend to use it, then we jeopardize our access to that information. but even more concretely or on the ground, part of why it's sensitive, it reveals who may be getting that information or how they might be getting that information. it's not necessarily revealing the sources and methods. the president doesn't have to speak about that directly. the fact that somebody knows that information, the fact that it made its way to the united states reveals that there was someone who can't be trusted in isis' circle and that puts that person at risk and puts that entire line of intelligence at risk and makes us less safe in the end. >> brooke, can i just add, let's
think about the context of this taking place. right now this is his first foreign trip as president. he was asked flat out, he asked about the one-on-one meetings with a series of foreign leaders in these upcoming days and mcmaster said he's not concerned at all. he tried to put that concern at bay. but the fact is that we are about to see donald trump on the world stage in a way we never have before and what this incident is going to do is really heighten the tension to each one of those one-on-one interactions, how he behaves in them and this is going to be a very delicate dance for this president and this white house. >> the same thing when that question was brought up earlier today. we'll talk about that when we see him meeting with these foreign leaders overseas. amy, david, thank you both very
much. staying on top, republicans are not rushing to the president's defense as one lawmaker says the white house is in a downward spiral. we'll speak live with an iraq war veteran about the silence. and a former cia spy joins me on how agents are compromised in the field and new cnn reporting just in about drama and anger behind the scenes. i'm brooke baldwin and this is cnn's special live coverage. ritn the things they love to do most on these balloons. travel with my daughter. roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em. do i have to? this is a tough financial choice we could face when we retire. but, if we start saving even just 1% more of our annual income... we could keep doing all the things we love.
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why are most republicans in congress silent on that? one by one, some are starting to speak out. senator bob corker, he told cnn after the news broke, "they are trying to come to grips with all that's happening. the same of this is, there's a really national security team in place. there's good, productive things under way through them and through others. but the chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that i think it creates a worrisome environment." so i have a republican lawmaker with me making time for us. congressman lee of new york is with me now. he's an iraq war veteran. thank you for being with me. thank you for your service to this country. >> thank you. >> before we get into the politics of all of this, when you heard the news, your reaction to all of this and lives of u.s. servicemen and women at risk because of it.
>> over the course of the last several hours we hear more about the conversation may have been focused on laptop bombs and terrorist groups in the middle east. you don't have to search much further than cnn.com to get caught up on the somali passenger plane that was brought down by a laptop. a story breaking on wolf blitzer as the president's executive order comes out, a travel restriction from ten airports, that the bomb maker is developing a technology to use computer bombs that may be spread to other terrorist groups. beyond open source, it's important to know what was said and then make a judgment based on that. >> we have the name of the city that apparently was divulged in the oval office. we shouldn't be doing that nor
have they and there is more to this story than what the public knows. in addition, how about the fact that it's who the president shared this information with. this is the day after the comey firing and a country at the center of this information, this probe. why were the russians in the oval office in the first place? >> first off, i view russia as an adversary of the united states. >> why were they in the oval office? >> as it relates to isis, isis targeted a russian plane. they are using this technology. they are not happy. they are at war with isis. so ar far as our strategic goals for protecting america's security and for service members abroad, what russia brings to the fight to defeat isis is an important element that shouldn't be dismissed and where russia can defeat isis and disrupt command and control -- why would the president have done this?
>> exactly what was provided? and then based on what was provided the judgment call is -- >> the question is, if i may, why would he divulge this information to an adversary. >> if that information -- and we can speculate on what it was -- >> we don't need to speculate. we know it was classified. >> it would be helpful to know what it is to determine wlool it's in america's best interests and those of our allies and for our service members overseas and the need to stabilize syria and stick up for our nation's greatest ally in israel and for our mission in iraq and afghanistan and other places in the middle east, the president is going to saudi arabia next week. he's going to israel. if it's in america's best interest because of what they are doing with it, that's a good
thing. >> what if it were president hillary clinton divulges classified information to russians in the oval office, you tell me how you'd be responding? >> i view our president as commander in chief. my question is -- >> would you be standing by the president just as you are? >> my question would be what was divulged. is it in america's best interest to provide that information to russia? if russia is bringing the fight to isis, if president hillary clinton provides that information because it's going to protect american service members, it's going to protect our country and help defeat isis, i have no problem with that. >> would you agree or disagree with senator corker who, by the way, was on the short list to become secretary of state, who said that the white house is in a downward spiral. is it? >> i believe in some respects -- russia is an adversary. i have a different approach or
policy as it relates to russia. >> the sqquestion is, is the whe house in a downward spiral? >> the white house is doing good things mixed in with the stories that may make headlines here. >> what about providing classified information to russians? >> we need to know what the information is and then i can tell you what i think about that information being divulged in the best interest of america's security. in syria with a targeted strike, infrastructure, not people, or if it's in afghanistan, giving general nicholson twhat he need to turn the tide in afghanistan, bringing the fight to isis in mosul and push them out of iraq all together, there are wins that keep on getting back up. is it a headline distraction? absolutely. would i rather be here talking about what is good about the
president's trip to the g-7 next week and what can be discussed in order to strength our bond with our friends and help strengthen america's interests? absolutely. here i am talking to you about what happened and what was released in a "washington post" story. there are wins and setbacks. and we can paint a picture like it's all rosy and make it sound like it's the worst thing. i am honored to serve in congress and where i agree with the president, i would agree and disagree. i want him to be successful and be able to put wins together because that's important for the america people. >> congressman, thank you for swinging by. coming up next, fallout from
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came from. >> all of you are very familiar with the territory and controls. if you were to say, hey, from where do you think a threat might come from territory that isis controls, you would probably be able to name a few cities, i would think. and so it was nothing that you would not know from open source reporting in terms of the source of concern. and it had all to do with operations that are already ongoing, had been made public for months. >> that classified information is kebl is connected to a threat with laptops and the city where the threat came from is a detail cnn agreed to withhol when cnn broke the story back in march. i have nick paton walsh with me here in new york and bob baer with us, also a cnn intelligence and security analyst. guys, welcome.
nick, let me turn to you. we were told back in march when we first knew -- >> you can't have it both ways. a potential hazard in march because trump says accident flee a private conversation isn't suddenly okay for everybody to know about. what are the major centers that isis are in control of in raqqa and syria and the way he talked about ongoing military operations suggests we're talking about mosul. we don't know. this shouldn't have been put out there in the first place and it's potentially jeopardizing the relationship with the middle east. we don't really know. that gave it to the u.s. in the first place. remember, there's probably a person somewhere in one of these cities who find the secret out and gave it to an intelligence
agency and risked the life of the people living in the united states because of the fear potentially posed towards those trying to get laptops perhaps containing bombs on to aircrafts let's say, for example, you tell me you found out something at a restaurant near where you live. i might be able to work out who you were with, get a picture of that person leaving, where they went afterwards. there's a lot of things you can learn from a small piece of information. >> work backwards. >> the russians probably are here, too. this isn't perhaps a purposeful, strategic way of incurring favor. it doesn't sound like president trump sat down beforehand and said what can i tell them? >> he said he divulged this
during the conversation. >> bob baer, how could what nick just outlined endanger the spies working for the u.s.? >> brooke, what's clearly happened is that trump gave away detai details which people at the meeting might consider compromised the source and called the cia, the national security agency, and said that the president just disclosed classified information which may endanger your sources. so he clearly went beyond discussing that in the press and it's not true. you have to look at the optics of this and this is what really
concerns me. the russian foreign minister is in the oval office. trump doesn't bring up the hacking of our elections with 17 intelligence agencies have confirmed. he gives a gift to the russians, whatever this intelligence was, about the islamic state and the previous day he fires comey. if i'm a russian in moscow considering working for the united states, i'd tell you right now i wouldn't do it because the president might blurt something out. this does major, major damage to the fbi and every other intelligence agency when these unauthorized leaks -- and i don't care whether the president is authorized or not, leaks that haven't been approved, it does major dab major damage and i don't think anybody would disagree with me. >> the question then becomes, he's meeting with world leaders there and knowing what happened in the oval office last week
concerns there. nick, let me quote one intelligence officer who told "the guardian," that real information coming from the isis member was like gold dust. gold dust. what does the u.s. rely on with these sources? >> i think they would hope to get from trying to listen to what isis members are saying and electronically we know they are listening to mobile phone chatter in areas around raqqa and that person in the meeting in the room discuss how they blow up airplanes and don't like the idea of that and decide to pass it somewhere else. it's rare. for example, they might choose to go to u.s. agents or get in contact with members of the cia and may have a known to him and have the ability to access people in the common language, for example, and pass that language on. that's kind of the gold dust.
as journalists ourselves, it's incredibly hard. once you're in, you probably don't want to be caught speaking to cnn and they find you with a mobile phone and people have been executed just for that. it's a life and death game and it's not something that you treat as a matter of boasting. >> all right. with the president, last question, bob, is it even a fair question to ask, could the president be trusted with classified information? >> if you're -- brooke, if you're looking at the perspective of the national security establishment clearly, no. i mean, he's crossed a line here and if you're a cia officer in the field and have some very, very important information or source in the islamic state, as
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we have a report in involving the drama and anger in the white house amid this new crisis over president trump revealing classified information to the russians. but first, new details on how people caught wind of this. i have with me now gloria borger and dana bash, cnn's chief political correspondent. ladies, good to see you. dana bash, both of you have some new reporting but dana, let me ask you first. you've been talking to sources inside the white house about precisely this and what are you learning? >> well, a few things. one is the context, according to an administration source, in which the president was talking about this classified information with the russians. and the context was that he was trying to pressure the russians to be more involved with some of the world's worst actors ain soe
hot spots like syria to deal more aggressively with assad. in that context, the president brought up this classified information. you know, there's been some discussion about whether he was doing it in sort of a bragadocious way, to borrow a trump term. >> but they said it was about trying to be more aggressive with russia to help with the common threats which the u.s. is trying to convince russia that it's not an easy sell to make to the russians. the president, according to the source i'm talking to, when talking about this did not reveal anything to the russians that could open up the sources and methods of the intelligence, meaning that the russians wouldn't be able to figure out. i will tell you that jim sciutto is being told by other sources in the intelligence community that that's not true. that their sense is that the
russians would have and are able to figure out where this intelligence came from, based on what the president told them in the oval office, which leads me to the next little bit of reporting here, which is that during this meeting with the russians, we know that the president was there, h.r. mcmaster was there, secretary of state, rex tillerson, and the deputy national security adviser dina powell. none of them alerted the national security agency, the intelligence community, about what the president said to the russians and i'm told it was because they didn't see any alarm bells. however, tom bosert was reading the report from the meeting and did see a discussion about this plot, this classified information. the president talked about it with the russians and did feel that he was worried about it and did want to tell the intelligence communities and the
ics, which he did, not sure if he did it or asked others to do it, and that's what got the information out and that's a little bit more of the backstory of how that happened. before i toss it back to you, i want to say that my sense is that the administration is trying very hard to get more information that they can talk about publicly since this is classified and they think that if they're able to do that, it could clear some of this up and make it so that the president isn't as culpable as it might seem now. >> certainly they will. gloria, you have information painting a picture of a president who feels under siege. >> i have spoken with multiple sources who talk to the president regularly and they are from outside the white house a and one source said that the
president seems to have lost confidence in just about everybody. he is complaining, apparently, about white house counsel don mcgann and believes the firing of comey was handled in a way that made him look bad, that it wasn't presidential, and he has been complaining about his communication staff, as we know, and so in fact has jared kushner, his son-in-law, who has also been complaining about the communication staff. and -- >> we haven't seen much publicly from a while. >> we have not. although he's there at the white house. and the people that i talk to are beginning and these are people who are very loyal to donald trump and have been for years and so what surprised me me in doing my reporting today is that they seem to be losing
confidence in him. i have defended him for years and i'm not sure i can do that anymore. and there seems to be an effort to establish distance between the people and the president and one said to me that he's not taking my advice anyway. and the bottom line here is they all believe that donald trump needs somebody who can tell him when he's wrong and stand up to him even if it means that they're going to lose their job. and they don't believe that that is being done currently and that that's a problem for him because donald trump believes he should be his own chief of staff. >> that person must be willing to potentially lose their job over that. gloria, dan, thank you. we're watching the president say good-bye to the leader there in
turkey, president erdogan, who visited the white house today. also, a quick programming tonight. a cnn exclusive. former acting attorney general sally yates was fired by donald trump and now she is telling her side of the story to anderson cooper in an exclusive interview tonight at 8:00 eastern. and then keep it right here because john kasich and bernie sanders battled in congress for years and tonight they have a debate at 9:00 eastern right here. don't miss it. coming up next, president trump can legally reveal kwl classified information but should he? why it is allowed and what the present is for such a move like this. next. most on these balloons. travel with my daughter. roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em. do i have to? this is a tough financial choice we could face when we retire. but, if we start saving even just 1% more
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while it may be alarming to a number of lawmaker, the intelligence community and many others the president shared highly classified information with the russians, it's not actually against the law. president trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets. let's go to paul callan, cnn legal analyst. a lot of people may not realize
this. if you're any other top government official and pass along classified information, that may be the law but not the case with the president. why? >> that's right. ordinary civilians facing ten years in prison if you release classified information but not so for the president. he's the only person in government that has the absolute right to classify information and instantly declassify it. it's considered to be the role of the chief executive to have that responsibility and the only one in government who can do it. >> has a president in the past divulged information in a speech and then had to officially declassify? >> when i looked into this, i was surprised at how frequently it has happened. >> really? >> i found cases involving james madison doing it in the 1800s. the most recent cases have been george bush when giving information to book woodward
with 9/11. there were also questions about the obama administration that classified information was leaked to woodward for that book. the information, though, is this, and i think it's a very substantial difference. we'll find out as time goes on. but this leak by president trump looks like an impulsive act on his part. >> spontaneous? >> absolutely spontaneous. and the problem with that is it looks to be irresponsible and kind of immature for a president to do that without carefully considering the implications of the classified information. >> paul callan, thank you. we're getting breaking news on this. let's go to our white house correspondent sara murray who has the breaking news on the
source for this information shared with the russians. sara, what do you know? >> reporter: we have confirmed that israel was the source for at least some of this. this was our intelligence partner. and some information that trump shared with russian officials. we just had a briefing with sean spicer in which he refused to comment on where this intelligence came from and earlier today, h.r. mcmaster, the president's national security adviser, said when the president was sharing information with the russians, he also did not know where the source of the information was coming from. the president will soon be embarking on a very ambitious for r foreign trip and one of those stops include israel. this could jeopardize our intelligence sharing agreement. israel has full confidence in
our relationship with the united states and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under president trump. neither of these nations saying publicly that information came from israel and the sources are telling cnn they were the sources for part of what donald trump shared. >> israel, as you pointed out, is one of the countries he'll be visiting on his first big overseas trip. you were part of the gaggle with sean spicer. i know it wasn't on camera. what else did spicer reveal? >> he didn't reveal a lot, brooke. we're still seeing an administration that is struggling with the fallout. the president felt like it was a great meeting that went very well but i asked sean spicer whether they could have been better prepared for this, whether they went through all of the normal protocols and procedures you might go through if the president was heading into a meeting with another foreign official and wanted to share sensitive information and sean spicer really took issue with that question and saying
that the president doesn't really know what is going on here but refusing to give us any more details about whether they went to the appropriate intelligence agencies ahead of time and say we believe it's a common threat and it will help us unite in the fight against isis. as of right now, sources are not giving us any caution that those conversations occurred and it raises the question of why president trump's own national security officials would after that meeting reach out to the nsa to try to smooth things over if this was the plan from the outset. >> sara murray, thank you so much with the breaking news. i've got nick paton walsh who was reseated next to me. now we have it. it's israel as the source of this classified information that the president shared with the russians in the oval office. people thought it was jordan. now it's israel. >> that's the reason for the acute sensitivity around this.
israel is an isolated country. the fact that they have been able to get to a spy to learn about their inner complex and secret plans to blow aircrafts out of the sky, of course that's something they wouldn't want anyone to know about. the hunt will be on for israeli moles. it's incredibly complicated task to feed you information like that, particularly if you are the pariah state. >> this was so highly classified that not only was it not shared with other u.s. allied countries but even folks that are top u.s. government people. he has full confidence in our relationship, how does this news fall on the ears of other u.s. allies?
>> i think a lot of concernation. what level of trust do they think the u.s. has in them and this clearly is a special relationship when it comes to information like this. the nature of the threat was quite specific to the united states. you can understand why they may have delivered it directly like that but the caveat is to protect them. we know israel had a lot of tentacles into what is happening in syria. they've done a lot of attacks against commanders and they have been taking out the leadership and it appears if this is the case, they did have some kind of access to isis-held areas and the question now is what will
that sustain? all of this started from donald trump, really. >> right. and again, this is a country that he's visiting in his massive overseas trip this latter part of the week. nick, thank you very much. let's continue. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. we've just learned that cnn is reporting that israel was the source of the information that was shared with the russians in the oval office one week ago. this has sent his battered white house into an entirely new crisis as, quote/unquote, he says is very successful but that's far from how other sources are describing it to cnn. they confirmed details first reported in "the washington post" that president trump revealed highly classified information to both the