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Idaho senator defends Trump and his 'ability to declassify anything at any time'

President Trump has at least one senator standing behind him following The Washington Post's report that he gave highly classified information not meant to be shared to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a meeting last week.

Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) had no issue with Trump possibly giving out sensitive information to representatives of a foreign country accused of interfering with the 2016 presidential election, telling Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo that the president "has the ability to declassify anything at any time without any process. So it's no longer classified the minute he utters it." While the president does have the right as commander in chief to do this, "any president needs to be careful," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said.