JUDY WOODRUFF: The White House is facing a new storm tonight: The Washington Post and others report President Trump divulged highly sensitive information on the Islamic State group to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week. The accounts say it may have jeopardized the source of the intelligence. And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Mr. Trump never discussed sources, methods or military operations. Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner said it's "a slap in the face to the intelligence community" -- if it's true. A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said protecting secrets is paramount, and the speaker quote, "hopes for a full explanation."
JUDY WOODRUFF: And we move from the politics back to the legal questions raised by the FBI's and now the attorney general's decision not to recommend criminal charges be filed. And we do that with Shannen Coffin. He is an attorney in private practice. He previously served as a deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Division at the Department of Justice and as counsel to Vice President Cheney. And Stephen Vladeck, he's a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he focuses on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law.
Edward Boyden: Humans and machines have been merging for thousands of years. Right now I'm wearing shoes, I have a microphone on my jacket, we all probably used our phones at least once today… And we communicate with the augmentation of all sorts of amplification and even translation technologies: You can speak into a machine, and it'll translate the words you're saying in nearly real time. So I think what might be different in the years to come is a matter of degree, not a matter of kind. One concept that I think is emerging is what I like to call the brain coprocessor, a device that intimately interacts with the brain. Imagine that you could have a technology that could replace lost memories or augment decision making or boost attention or cognition.
JOHN YANG: Now for some insights on this apparent disclosure, and the wider effects on intelligence-gathering and sharing, I'm joined by two men with deep knowledge of the U.S. intelligence community and the partnerships it relies upon. James Woolsey served as director of the CIA from early 1993 until January 1995. He was an adviser to President Trump's campaign last year. And Andrew Exum, he was former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy in the Obama administration. Mr. Woolsey, let me start with you.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent, he'd be open to accepting it and that he'd have no obligation to call in the FBI. "I think I'd want to hear it," Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding, "There's nothing wrong with listening." The role of Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in organizing a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer offering negative information on Hillary Clinton was a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the last presidential campaign. Mueller painstakingly documented Russian efforts to boost Trump's campaign and undermine that of his Democratic rival. But while Mueller's investigation didn't establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump's campaign, Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks in 2016 and celebrated information exposed by Russian hackers.