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The liberal media (but we repeat ourselves) has worked itself up into yet another foaming-at-the-mouth uproar over President Trump. The charge this time? That President Trump supposedly improperly passed on "highly classified information" to the Russians. This was supposedly a terrible thing for President Trump to do, and the fact that he did it supposedly validates all of the media's worst accusations against Trump, i.e. that he is a stooge of, or in cahoots with, Vladimir Putin, that he poses a grave threat to national security, and he should therefore be removed from office as soon as possible, blah blah blah.

Milwaukee talk show host Mark Belling responded with a splendid rebuttal today, which we whole-heartedly endorse and provide here for your education and enjoyment.

It is the President and his administration that has the sole authority to determine what is classified and what is not.

Belling:

Under the law, the President of the United States is the Commander in Chief. Our constitution divides the responsibilities of government, from the legislative branch to the judicial branch to the executive branch. Foreign policy is the virtually sole purview of the President. You need congress's authority to make war and authorize expenditures for war, etcetera. Beyond that, the President has the responsibility of conducting the foreign policy of the United States. The President is the Commander in Chief. It is the President and his administration that has the sole authority to determine what is classified and what is not. The congress can't take some government intelligence document and make it classified information. Only the President and his branch and his people can do so. So the President can do with that information whatever he chooses. Because he IS the President. If the President has some information that is on Islamic State, and how to attack them, or what a vulnerability with them is, or whatever, and he wants to share this with the Russians because he's trying to work the Russians and try to nuke out, take out Islamic State along with us, whether you think it's a good idea or not he has the legal right to do so. The President can do with classified information whatever the President wants because he is the President. And that's been the case without regard to who that President of the United States is.

The only crime that was committed in this story was by those who leaked this material to the Washington Post.

Secondly. Does anyone think for a moment that information that has been classified — which is almost everything anymore — has never been shared with a President in any dealing with any foreign nation? You think we haven't shared intelligence with any nation in the past? You think we haven't shared with perhaps the Israelis? Some intelligence that we've picked up on? On the Syrians? Who in the world is dumb enough to think that just because material is classified that it hasn't been shared with our allies or other countries whenever appropriate? In other words there was absolutely nothing inappropriate about this, but it's leaked again. Because leaks are coming out of the Trump administration like crazy. Now in this story from the Washington Post, the story quoted some former members of the intelligence community and former administration officials and current. I don't know how anybody former would know anything. But obviously some current people DID leak. Who had knowledge of what was discussed here. That leak is illegal. Because while the President can do with what classified information whatever he wants, a leaker can't. In the end it is only the President who has the authority to determine what's classified and what's not classified. The material that the Washington Post is horrified that Trump shared with the Russians the Washington Post shared in its own story! So what, Trump can't tell the Russians what the Washington Post can tell the world? And who told the Washington Post? You want an investigation here, the only crime that was committed in this story was again by those who leaked this material to the Washington Post.