On Monday evening, The Washington Post published a blockbuster allegation: that President Trump personally revealed classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their highly-publicized, behind-closed-doors meeting the day after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
The Washington Post reported:
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.
The source was anonymous, of course. The portion of the information that was particularly sensitive was the location of an ISIS plot; the plot supposedly had to do with exploding laptops on airplanes.
The White House immediately responded by sending out National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster to give a 60-second statement.