A story Monday in the Washington Post claimed that President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week.
According to the Post, quoting a government official, 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.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), the Ranking Democratic Member of the CIA Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in reaction to the story:
“I’m concerned by reports that President Trump disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian diplomats at the White House.
“The cost of President Trump's ties to Russia cannot be our national security. If the reports are true, the President shared highly sensitive national security secrets with a foreign adversary, possibly putting American lives at risk. Our international partners must be able to trust us as we work to fight terror, and the President appears to have betrayed that trust."
In a press conference on Tuesday, President Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster, said of the president's decision to reveal highly classified information during a meeting with Russian officials last week, "It is wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people. That’s what he did."
He added, "I wanted to make clear to everybody that the president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation."
Swalwell stated, “Congress is not powerless to protect the American people from the President. We must act quickly to pass H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to create a bipartisan-appointed, independent commission to investigate the President's ties to Russia during Russia's interference into the 2016 campaign. The sooner we do, the safer our nation will be.”
Article: The Independent