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This Is Bad

The Constitution talks about “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”. We still use the term “misdemeanor” in most states to indicate an offense that could result in a sentence of up to a year in jail, while “high crimes” are usually called “felonies” which can result in a prison sentence of more than a year to life.

An example of a high crime/felony would be discussing the contents of a Presidential briefing with a Russian foreign minister. This would probably result in a life term for anyone except the President who can declassify documents, even codeword documents, whenever he feels like it. It doesn’t matter that it could get someone killed, that it will cost us a source of information, that it assists the Islamic State, the President can do it. We know about this because some people believe that the President shouldn’t have done it. If I was still in the business, I would have done what I could to let people know.

People die gathering intel. It’s bad enough when the bad guys are trying to take you out; you don’t need your “Commander in Chief” helping them do it.

Update from the BBC:

“The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false,” National Security Advisor HR McMaster told reporters outside the White House.

“The president and foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation.

“At no time, at no time, were intelligence sources or methods discussed, and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

Parse this statement. Excellent work General McMasters using “as reported” to qualify what you were saying. I was hoping that the story wasn’t true, but you have convinced me it happened He didn’t identify things as sources and methods, but he revealed them during the discussion about threats to civil aviation. Thanks for clearing that up.

3 comments

1 Shirt { 05.16.17 at 9:19 am }

I saw General McMaster deliver that missive live and he looked and sounded pissed; you know that special kind of attitude where a competent officer is ordered to cover a “superiors” ass (Don’t mean to imply anything about Trump’s tush because superior is not a word I’d use). When The General finished he turned around and stormed back into the white house looking as if he was about to perform some wall to wall counseling to the fake president.

We are so doomed.

2 Badtux { 05.16.17 at 11:27 am }

And Trump is going to visit the Russians on his European tour. Russia Today (oops, RT.com) has a puff piece showing Putin playing a piano and it’s about “what song will Putin choose to play for Trump?” Looks to me like Putin is playing Trump like a piano, so it will likely be one that has lots of hot air, bluster, and treason. Maybe the Russian National Anthem…

3 Bryan { 05.16.17 at 3:56 pm }

Then Trump blows up McMaster’s carefully crafted statement with a “I have a right to it, so there” tweet, showing he has no idea why people are angry. In many ways it is worse that he doesn’t understand why what he did was wrong.

He is upset that he can’t get Russia off the front pages, and then does all kinds of stupid things to to force Russian relations back into the spotlight.

If we send him to a good kindergarten, maybe he’ll learn how to behave. 😈