Some senators expressed shock — while others reacted cautiously — to a report Monday evening alleging that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State plots gleaned by a U.S. ally to senior Russian officials.
Senators react with alarm, caution to report that Trump revealed classified info
WASHINGTON — Some senators expressed shock — while others reacted cautiously — to a report Monday evening alleging that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State plots gleaned by a U.S. ally to senior Russian officials.
The Washington Post reported in an article Monday evening that Trump appeared to be boasting about receiving “great intel” when he allegedly made the disclosure in the Oval Office, which the ally had not cleared American officials to share. The White House, however, is denying that he did.
“Obviously, if the allegations are true, that would be very, very troubling,” said Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn. “To compromise a source is something that you just don’t do, and that’s why we keep the information that we get from intelligence sources so close is to prevent that from happening.”
Other senators were more measured, however.
“We just have an initial report, so it’s very difficult to comment until we get all facts. I’m not going jump to any conclusion until we get all the facts, as much as I trust The Washington Post,” Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said.
Fellow national security hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham also is waiting for further information.
“I don’t know if it’s accurate or not. If it’s accurate, it’d be troubling,” the South Carolina Republican said.
2 young men killed as chaos erupts in western Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela — Chaos erupted in western Venezuela during another round of protests against the socialist government, with buildings set afire, tear gas swirling around protesters and at least two people killed.
A grisly video purporting to show the final moments of one man left dead in the turmoil capped Monday's unrest as a morning of initially peaceful demonstrations turned violent outside Caracas, with two deaths reported at separate demonstrations in Tachira, a mountainous state bordering Colombia.
In the video, a crowd surrounds a man identified as Diego Hernandez, 33, lying lifeless on the pavement, his eyes wide open. A bystander rips open his blue T-shirt, revealing a bloody wound underneath.
Authorities in Tachira said the second man killed was Luis Alviarez, 18, who died from a bullet wound in the thorax.
Man holding human head stabs store clerk; mother found dead
ESTACADA, Ore. — A man killed his mother on Mother's Day at a rural Oregon home, then showed up at a grocery store in a nearby town carrying a decapitated human head and began stabbing a checkout clerk before being subdued, authorities said Monday.
Officers determined the head the man was carrying belonged to his mother, the Sandy Police Department said.
An autopsy was underway Monday on the body of Tina Marie Webb, 59, the same day that her son, 36-year-old Joshua Lee Webb, was booked on charges of murder and attempted murder in the case. He has not yet made a court appearance.
'This is a democracy': Int'l court may be next for Duterte
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged Tuesday that allegations he induced extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs could be raised to the International Criminal Court after an impeachment case failed in the House of Representatives.
"Yeah, he can go ahead. He is free to do it. This is a democracy," Duterte said in reaction to a lawmaker saying he was considering bringing a case against the Philippine leader to the court in The Hague, Netherlands.
The impeachment complaint killed by a House committee Monday accused Duterte of multiple murders and crimes against humanity for adopting a state policy of inducing police and vigilantes into killing more than 8,000 suspected drug users and dealers outside the rule of law. The complaint also accused him of corruption, unexplained wealth, and taking a "defeatist stand" against China's in the territorial row in the South China Sea.
"It is true that there are deaths — is there a drug war where no one is killed?" Duterte said. "But not in the character and kind that I was dished out, including ordering the killing of a child."