Are leaks about Russian Federation contacts 'illegal,' as Trump says?

Violet Powell
February 22, 2017

So when General Flynn spoke with Putin's ambassador to the US before the inauguration, particularly about reducing recent economic sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration, it may have been seen as a routine discussion for the pro-Russian Trump crowd.

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While it doesn't explicitly criminalize giving classified information to the media across the board, "the Espionage Act is broad enough that it comes close to having that effect", said Heidi Kitrosser, a University of Minnesota law professor and expert in government secrecy. The conversation happened the day the Obama administration announced measures against Russian Federation to retaliate for what US intelligence services say was the Kremlin's efforts to influence November's presidential election.

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Flynn's promise to review the case evidently encouraged Putin to forgo the usual tit-for-tat retaliation, despite an initial Kremlin statement that there was "no alternative to reciprocal measures". The president's war against the news media then escalated to new heights when he labeled it 'the enemy of the American people'.

Worse, according to the Washington Post, Donald Trump even manages to increase his fortune through taxpayers' money. Basically, Flynn called Russian Federation after President Obama raised sanctions against Russian Federation, and Flynn promised them that President Trump would eventually remove these sanctions, so they should not retaliate.

In other words, Mr. Trump wanted to soothe his vulnerable ego and feed his insatiable need for adulation - without being held accountable for his words or opening himself up to criticism.

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You don't need leaks of classified information to understand why Flynn's dealings with an aggressive Russian Federation were inappropriate.

And in a very real sense, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was absolutely right.

The whole world was expecting Russia's President Vladimir Putin would immediately respond with the old quid pro quo - expulsions and maybe more. Intelligence agencies back home were not impressed. For all Trump's talk about "fake news", the country needs answers. Was he and other Trump campaign aides working with the Russians as they hacked into the Democratic Party's email accounts? The Trump administration is seeking to regain control after a chaotic first month. The White House botched the rollout of a refugee and immigration executive order, Trump's most substantive policy initiative to date, and the directive was quickly blocked by the courts.

A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russian Federation.

"Quite a few" seems like a number greater than just Michael Flynn. But for the most part, get them the hell out of here. He's fired six of his White House staff after they failed Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks.

"The fact of the matter is the level of accomplishment that he's put forward so far in the first 30 days has been remarkable", he told CBS' "Face the Nation". "It's sweeping, frankly, across the globe", Trump said at the rally.

While several congressional panels, chiefly the intelligence committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives, are looking into those and other alleged contacts between Trump aides and Russian Federation, the chairman of the House's main investigative committee has asked the U.S. Justice Department to launch an investigation into the leaks surrounding the Flynn-Kislyak calls.

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