Sen. Chuck Schumer said that President Trump could have "unsettled our allies, emboldened our adversaries, endangered our military and intelligence officers the world over, and exposed our nation to greater risk."
Sen. Chuck Schumer said that President Trump could have “unsettled our allies, emboldened our adversaries, endangered our military and intelligence officers the world over, and exposed our nation to greater risk.” | Getty

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged the White House to release unedited transcripts from President Donald Trump’s meeting with top Russian officials last week to Capitol Hill following reports that Trump shared highly classified information with the two men.

Arguing that the Trump administration is in a “crisis of credibility,” the Senate’s top Democrat stressed that the reporting, if accurate, means Trump “may have badly damaged our national security, nothing less, and in several ways.”

“Until the administration provides the unedited transcript, until the administration fully explains the facts of this case, the American people will rightly doubt if their president can handle our nation’s most closely kept secrets,” Schumer said in a floor speech Tuesday morning.

Schumer requested that the information be made available to the House and Senate intelligence committees, which are separately leading investigations into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Trump’s disclosure of the sensitive information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kisylak was first reported by The Washington Post. The president defended himself in a series of tweets Tuesday, saying he wanted to share with the Russian officials key information involving “terrorism and airline flight safety” so Russia could “greatly step up their flight against ISIS and terrorism.”

“If the reporting is accurate, in one fell swoop, the president could have unsettled our allies, emboldened our adversaries, endangered our military and intelligence officers the world over, and exposed our nation to greater risk,” Schumer said. “Given the gravity of the matter, we need to be able to quickly assess whether or not this report is true and what exactly was said.”

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