In the wake of a bombshell report by The Washington Post that President Trump divulged highly classified information to top Russian officials during their Oval Office meeting last week, several Democratic lawmakers and members of the media retweeted a 2016 tweet from House Speaker Paul Ryan about being “careless” with classified data.
“Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ with classified information should be denied further access to such info,” the Wisconsin Republican tweeted in July shortly after former FBI Director James Comey addressed Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive information.
Individuals who are "extremely careless" with classified information should be denied further access to such info. pic.twitter.com/0C76Ae95LD
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016
Current and former U.S. officials told the Post that information was incredibly sensitive that “details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government” and had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement. The officials said that Trump’s disclosures could jeopardize a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said that Trump’s decision to do so risks 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 National Security Agency.
The Hill adds:
Ryan’s 2016 tweet followed his call for then-Democratic candidate Clinton to no longer receive classified information as a candidate.
Comey, whom Trump fired last week, criticized Clinton and her staff for being “extremely careless” over her use of a private email server while secretary of State.
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 15, 2017
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 15, 2017
Just going to leave this here… https://t.co/Zvi12xH9G0
— American Oversight (@weareoversight) May 15, 2017
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 15, 2017
In July 2016. In May 2017…? https://t.co/NmyhAxinFw
— Carl Zimmer (@carlzimmer) May 15, 2017