Senate panel wants details on Trump’s Russia meeting
The Senate Intelligence Committee wants more information on a meeting President Trump held with top Russian officials last week amid allegations that he shared classified intelligence.
“The Senate Intelligence Committee has reached out to the White House to request additional information on recent reports about alleged dissemination of intelligence information,” said Rebecca Glover Watkins, a spokeswoman for the panel’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).
The Washington Post reported Monday night that Trump had shared “code-word information” — one of the highest levels of classification — with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during an Oval Office meeting last week.
Trump appeared to defend sharing information with Russian officials on Twitter Tuesday morning, saying he had an “absolute right” to discuss facts.The allegations are sparking concern from a growing number of GOP senators.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the Intelligence Committee, requested that the administration brief the panel’s members on the report.
“Although the President has the legal authority to disclose classified information, it would be very troubling if he did share such sensitive reporting with the Russians. The Senate Intelligence Committee should be briefed on this important issue immediately,” Collins said in a statement Tuesday.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is currently investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, including any potential ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.