Wisconsin GOP lawmaker: Donald Trump should share transcript of call on which he reportedly leaked classified info
A Republican U.S. congressman from Green Bay says the White House should give congressional committees the transcript of a meeting in which President Donald Trump reportedly leaked highly classified information to Russian officials. As of Tuesday morning, there was no comment on the matter from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
The Washington Post reported Monday afternoon that Trump had shared classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The Post’s sources told the newspaper the disclosures “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.”
White House officials initially denied the report. But Trump appeared to acknowledge it in a pair of tweets early Tuesday.
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do … facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism,” Trump said.
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Gallagher wrote that “while (the president) possesses the authority to disclose classified, even top secret, information, there s a separate question of whether he should.”
“For the purpose of transparency, the White House should share a transcript of the meeting with the House and Senate intelligence committees,” Gallagher wrote. Gallagher is a first-year congressman but has a deep resume in foreign relations and intelligence issues. He s a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War, during which time he worked as a counterintelligence officer, and he went on to work in the U.S. intelligence community, including for the National Counterterrorism Center.
Gallagher said last week that he was concerned by the timing of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, who had overseen an investigation into Russian interference in last year’s U.S. election. The scope of that investigation included whether Trump’s campaign was linked to the Russian meddling.