Angus King warns of ‘grave danger’ of Trump revealing classified information

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingSenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster ‘Almost Heaven, West Virginia’ — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Bipartisan group of senators: The election is over MORE (I-Maine) described the possibility of President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE divulging classified information after leaving office as a “grave danger.”

King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, noted that intelligence briefings are typically given to former presidents as a courtesy rather than a legal requirement.

“There’s a grave danger of [Trump] inadvertently or willfully revealing classified information that would compromise sources and methods,” King told CNN’s John King on Sunday. “There’s no upside. There’s no reason he needs to have this information … and I think given his past history of being fast and loose with intelligence data, it ought to be ― that ought to be an easy decision for the incoming president.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US What our kids should know after the Capitol Hill riot  Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers MORE (D-Calif.) made similar comments Sunday, telling CBS’s Margaret Brennan, “There’s no circumstance in which this president should receive another intelligence briefing, not now, not in the future. I don’t think he can be trusted with it now.”

Former Trump administration Director of National Intelligence Susan Gordon has similarly called for an end to the president’s briefings after he leaves office.

“Convention left the premises a long time ago with President Trump, and his demonstrated approach to national security and intelligence suggest that a more purposeful decision must be made about providing intelligence to this soon-to-be former president,” Gordon wrote in a Friday Washington Post op-ed.

“My recommendation, as a 30-plus-year veteran of the intelligence community, is not to provide him any briefings after Jan. 20. With this simple act — which is solely the new president’s prerogative — Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE can mitigate one aspect of the potential national security risk posed by Donald Trump, private citizen,” she added.



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