Last week Trump unexpectedly fired FBI chief James Comey in the midst of an investigation into Trump’s administration and its ties to and possible collusion with Russia. Trump later admitted that he hoped the firing of Comey would bring the investigation to an end. White House ties to Russia and evidence of Russia’s interference with the 2016 election have led to 4 congressional investigations as well, though none are bipartisan efforts, and some Congressional leaders have been criticized for lackluster efforts in their investigations. Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to recuse himself from his role overseeing FBI investigations due to his own Russia flub when he failed to acknowledge in his confirmation hearings the meetings he had held with Russian officials.
All of this adds up to an ethical tangle at the least and enormous national security threat at the worst. Yet Trump took another step deeper into his Russia scandal by revealing highly classified information to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week. The Washington Post broke the story yesterday afternoon, and White House officials spoke out to deny the claims within the hour. However, Trump confirmed on Twitter his “absolute right” to reveal information to the Russians. While this is technically true, intelligence officials stated that Trump revealed information without consulting the ally that provided it, which threatens to jeopardize a long-standing intelligence-sharing agreement.
This is a matter on which we MUST get answers, and quickly, as Trump will be leaving on his first overseas trip this weekend and needs to understand what information he can and cannot reveal to foreign officials, particularly the Russians.
CALL TO ACTION
- Contact the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to demand they quickly get to the bottom of this most recent episode of the Russia debacle. They must find out what Trump revealed, who may be at risk and how do we contain the damage.
Senate Intelligence Committee Members