Trump Critic Says Democrats Could Compromise National Security During Impeachment

  • 01/24/2020 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) expects Senate Democrats to disclose a classified letter between Vice President Pence and a senior aide. The message is at the center of the impeachment fight.

However, attorney Chuck Rosenberg warned her and other Democrats in a cable news appearance that the push to disclose the document is fraught with risk.

The Washington Examiner's Daniel Chaitin reports:

"Senators, if they go to a classified briefing or they look at a classified document and they are confident that it is not, it should not be classified, they can speak out and tell people about it," McCaskill said.

After host Rachel Maddow suggested that a senator could risk this and talk about what is in the letter on TV, McCaskill said, "Their staff will probably go crazy and go, 'Don't you dare. This is way too risky.' But I'm willing to bet with the stakes involved here that if there's something important in that document and it's not legitimately classified, somebody will in fact speak about it."

Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg, a critic of President Trump who was also on the panel, described such a move as "quite risky," noting there is a potential national security "danger" if the senator does not fully understand how such information was collected.

The document was submitted as supplemental testimony from Pence aide Jennifer Williams and relates to a phone call the vice president had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in September. Appearing before House investigators, Williams described Trump's July call with Zelenksy, which sparked impeachment proceedings, as "unusual" and "inappropriate."

 Source: AAN
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