United States lawmakers want Trump to explain giving intelligence to Russian Federation

Trevor Jackson
May 18, 2017

He appeared to be suggesting that Trump had not knowingly compromised a confidential source, but the statement also indicated that the president had not asked his advisers for detailed information about the intelligence report he'd received.

Congressional Republicans and Democrats expressed concern about the report. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from any involvement in the FBI's investigations into Russia after it was revealed that he twice met with Kislyak, despite testifying during his confirmation hearing that he had had no contact with Russian officials.

A U.S. president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, but USA and allied officials said that by giving information to Russia, Trump had endangered cooperation from an ally that has intelligence on Islamic State.

But the president admitted the basic details on Twitter - and he said it was no big deal.

"As President I wanted to share with Russian Federation... which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", Trump tweeted. "Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russian Federation to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism", he said in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning.

The latest drama has rattled already shaky confidence in the president in Washington. The White House denied the account of the conversation.

US Representative Barbara Comstock, a Republican, called for a closed-door briefing for lawmakers.

On Monday, the Washington Post reported on the leak of classified info. "He wasn't briefed on the method or source of information". The intelligence was given to the U.S.by an ally that had not given permission to share the information.

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Asked whether the reports would make her reluctant to share intelligence with the president, she replied that: "We continue to work with the United States and we continue to share intelligence with the United States, as we do with others around the world". Both are of Mr. Trump's own making and raise uncomfortable questions about whether the President has a firm grasp on the far-reaching consequences of his actions.

Trump's Tuesday-morning explanation of why he loosened his lips in last week's meeting with Russia's ambassador and foreign minister: for "humanitarian reasons", tweeted the President - to encourage Russian Federation "to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism".

"Well, I think to presume that - I mean, that conversation is still private, and to just assume what was and wasn't discussed would not be accurate".

Analysts say that if the claims are true, Israel would be anxious given Russian Federation could make the information available to its ally, Iran - Israel's main threat in the Middle East. The official questioned why - if Comey had concerns about his conversations with the president - the Federal Bureau of Investigation director hadn't shared them with the deputy director, the Department of Justice and Congress at the time.

Putin's offer set off alarm bells for many who've been watching the case. On top of that, let's go ahead and suppose that the president's allegedly loose lips give up Israel as the secret intelligence source on the laptop matter. I need to see it sooner rather than later. "If I breach that, I know I'll be thrown off the committee and maybe even more", he told the MSNBC show, "Morning Joe".

On Monday, we learned that Trump outed an ally and Tuesday that he tried to thwart a criminal probe.

"We're a five eyes partner".

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