Washington Post Story on Trump Giving Classified Intel to Russian Officials Breaks a Record

It beats its Access Hollywood tapes story for most concurrent views

A Washington Post article published this afternoon broke an internal record for most concurrently viewed story, and, in a pleasant twist, the story is hard news, rather than a viral distraction. What is not pleasant is the content of the story, a report by Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe that says President Trump revealed classified information about an Islamic State terrorist plot to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a meeting last week:

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

Since the Post broke the story, The New York Times and Reuters have each come out with their own reports, all relying on unnamed U.S. officials.

Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi tweeted out the record, while Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler described the newsroom reaction, in a corrected tweet that originally misstated the nature of the record.

The story that previously held the record was also Trump-related; it was the Post’s reveal of the Access Hollywood tapes during the 2016 campaign in which Trump is on tape describing how he treats women, including uttering his infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” line. David Fahrenthold broke that story.