CDZ What CAN the President do with classified information?

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    Recent events have me wondering if the President can pretty much declare what he wants classified or what regulations exist?

    I could link to news articles but I think we pretty much know what is bringing it up and I'm more concerned right now about the regulations than the he said / she said until the dust settles.
     
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    This is another bogus issue. Do you think the President shouldn't talk to Israel about terrorism or China about NK nuclear weapons?

    What a President should NOT do is tell the Russians he can be more "flexible" with them AFTER an election.
     
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    Classified Information rules are established by Executive Orders. In other words, The President of the United States is the ultimate authority for classifying information.
     
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    Ok. So the President can do whatever he wants with classified information, no checks or balances.

    I honestly did not know.
     
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    The "checks and balances" built into the Constitution have to do with the separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of our government, not political talking points.
     
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    The President has the power to use information and disclose information as he sees fit. The issue here is that the US received this information from the Israelis with specific instructions that it NOT be given to the Russians and Trump disregarded their wishes.

    How willing will your allies be to share Intel with Americans in future, if you're not respecting the terms under which it was shared? Their sources and agents are at risk when they share. Loose lips put sources in danger.
     
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    4 Questions About Declassifying and Disclosing Government Secrets



    First and foremost, anyone who has ever served in the military or government knows that rules for dealing with classified material are contained in Executive Orders. In other words, it’s THE PRESIDENT who is the final authority on the subject.

    1.) Did Trump Have Legal Authority to Disclose the Information?

    Damn right he did!

    2.) What Information Did Trump Disclose, and Was It Appropriate to Do So?

    It doesn’t make one bit of difference!

    3.) How Are the Rules for Declassifications and Disclosures Set?

    The rules of classification are governed by an executive order—not by congressional statute—that is periodically updated by different presidents.

    4.) How Does the US Rely on Other Countries for Intelligence?

    Read the whole thing @ Trump’s Disclosure to Russia Raises Legal Questions About Classified Information
     
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    An Israeli spy is now in jeopardy following the disclosure of classified information.


    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
     
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    This sounds like more Valerie Plame "outing" nonsense. Besides, didn't the Russians recently recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?
     
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    If Trump can not keep his mouth shut, other countries as well as our own intel services will find it necessary to hold information from him.
     
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