May 15, 2017 (San Diego) News from Washington, via the Washingon Post have President Donald Trump embroiled in yet another scandal. It seems he boasted to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Labrov, and Russian Ambassador to WashingtonSergey Kislyak about the great intelligence he gets every day.
This is from the article:
President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.
The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.
We can only speculate as to the nature of the intelligence shared. What is true is that this places the United States at risk, and is not patriotic. We have a president that is not following the standard line from World War II, that loose lips sink ships. This is also raising a series of questions, once again.
The first is what was the president thinking? He is meeting with the foreign minister, the day after he fired James Comey as FBI director, who was investigating the role of Russia in our elections. It is not an idle question, and there is an attack on American Institutions.
There are ties between the Trump family and the Russian government. And there are questions as to who is funding the Trump real estate expansion. This was reported by Vanity Fair.
“So when I got in the cart with Eric,” Dodson says, “as we were setting off, I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks—because of the recession, the Great Recession—have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.’ And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’
I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’ Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting.”
So how deep does this rabbit hole go?
This raises the final and most critical question. Who is Donald Trump loyal to? Why was he bragging to the Russians? Does he owe any favors? Well, the USA today has a tantalizing list of ties to the mob, the Russian mob.
• A member of the firm that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York is a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man and later scouted for Trump investments in Russia.
• An investor in the SoHo project was accused by Belgian authorities in 2011 in a $55 million money-laundering scheme.
• Three owners of Trump condos in Florida and Manhattan were accused in federal indictments of belonging to a Russian-American organized crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia.
• A former mayor from Kazakhstan was accused in a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in 2014 of hiding millions of dollars looted from his city, some of which was spent on three Trump SoHo units.
• A Ukrainian owner of two Trump condos in Florida was indicted in a money-laundering scheme involving a former prime minister of Ukraine.
Many months ago we even found Trump’s name in the database released due to the Panama Papers.
So the question must be raised. Who is Trump loyal to? It is hardly patriotic to tell Russian personnel that he knows intelligence that is so sensitive, it is putting American lives at risk. Was this part of a payback? And then we go back to the emoluments clause, and whether Trump is personally profiting from the office? That is a clear violation of the Constitution of the United States.
As we said last week, we are in a constitutional crisis, one that continues to get deeper.