The coup attempt by Trump's intel enemies uses hearsay story in Washington Post

Washington Times:
Top Trump administration officials pushed back against a published report Monday that accused President Trump of revealing classified information about the Islamic State to Russian diplomats in a White House meeting last week.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said Mr. Trump did speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about “the nature of specific threats” from the terrorist group, “but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.”

He said the Oval Office meeting covered “a broad range of subjects,” including “common efforts and threats regarding counterterrorism.”

The Washington Post, citing anonymous current and former U.S. government officials, published a report Monday afternoon saying the president disclosed highly classified information to the Russians that jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The article alleged that Mr. Trump relayed information to the Russian diplomats that had been provided by a U.S. partner, and was considered so sensitive that details had been withheld from allies and restricted within the U.S. government.

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who attended the meeting, said late Monday the story was “false.”

“At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly,” Mr. McMaster said.

He added that Mr. Trump and Mr. Lavrov “reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation.”

In a hastily arranged statement on camera Monday night outside the West Wing, Mr. McMaster also told reporters that there’s nothing the president takes more seriously than the country’s safety. He said the article, “as reported, is false.”
It seems clear that the Washington Post's source was not in the room.  Its sources appear to be relying on hearsay statements made by someone, not in the room. According to those in the room, those making the statement were misinformed.  They were as misinformed as those who alleged that former FBI director Comey had asked for increased funding for the Russian investigation.

That story also appeared in the Post in recent days.  The Post has become a hotbed of false stories in recent days aimed at backing the coup against Trump.  It appears that there are people in the intelligence agencies probably leaking to people in Congress in pushing this coup attempt.


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