Trump defends Kushner with article that leaks classified information

On Twitter today, Donald Trump defended his son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, from allegations that he secretly conspired with the Russian ambassador to set up a covert communications channel that US intelligence wouldn’t be able to track.

To support his case, Trump retweeted an article based on an anonymous source leaking highly classified information to the media. Trump has railed against anonymous leaks of classified information for months, and has even reportedly suggested that journalists be jailed for publishing such leaks. But now it’s Trump who is promoting the leaks.

This past weekend, for example, Trump called such leaks “fake news,” in part because they were based on anonymous sources. The FOX story that Trump retweeted is based on one anonymous source. Read from the bottom up:

And here’s the lede of the FOX story that Trump just shared:

Then again, there’s this:

Also interesting, the FOX story says nothing about Kushner’s response to the Russians’ offer. Had Kushner expressed outrage and indignation, you’d think the Kushner-friendly source would have told that to FOX.

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