Dem senator: Trump would leak classified information
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Tell our troops: 'Your sacrifice wasn't in vain' Sunday shows preview: Bombing in Kabul delivers blow to evacuation effort; US orders strikes on ISIS-K MORE (D-Conn.) is raising concerns about giving Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE access to classified intelligence, saying the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee would leak information.  

“He wouldn’t think twice of taking classified information and putting it out in the public realm if he thought it served his political purposes," Murphy told BuzzFeed. 
 
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Presidential nominees routinely get classified briefings ahead of the election as part of the transition process. 
 
James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, told reporters during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast last week that there's already an "established plan" for briefing the parties' candidates once they are selected. 
 
Murphy, however, said Trump has "no moral or ethical grounding" and said he was particularly concerned about Russia, where Trump has praised President Vladimir Putin. 
 
“Megalomaniacs find each other, I guess. I suspect Trump looks at Putin and sees a lot of himself," he added. "You can just feel Putin reeling Trump in right now."
  
Trump has repeatedly complimented Putin, suggesting they would work well together, including in Syria.  
 
"I've always felt fine about Putin," he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" late last year. "I think that he's a strong leader." 
 
While Murphy, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, hasn't shied away from criticizing Trump, his foreign policy plans have drawn criticism from both parties. Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - What do Manchin and Sinema want? MORE (D-Va.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan MORE (R-S.C.) have said they get asked about Trump and the election during trips overseas.
 
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Thursday that the White House isn't involved in the decisions about the classified briefings given to candidates. 
 
“The decision about what information to provide is a decision that will be made by the intelligence community. The White House will not be interfering in the decisions that are made by the intelligence community to provide information to the presidential candidates," he said.

Earnest said the White House has confidence in Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE's ability to receive classified briefings, despite an ongoing investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of State. 
 
He would not say the same when asked about Trump. 
 
"Again, we'll have to see what decision the director of national intelligence makes. ... I can't offer my own assessment. Secretary Clinton has obviously served this administration with distinction. And she's got a lot of experience in understanding the need to protect classified information."
  
Julian Hattem and Jordan Fabian contributed.