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Republican Senator Challenges the President to Do This Immediately!

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Republican Senator Challenges the President to Do This Immediately!
Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. listens at left as Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine introduces him on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Sessions confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Republican Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, just challenged President Trump to brief the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the allegations that he shared classified information with top Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting last week. “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, a member of the Intel panel, said in a statement Tuesday.

The Republican senator noted that there were “conflicting reports” on exactly what President Trump shared. Collins further added that “the disclosure of highly classified information has the potential to jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security.”

The Washington Post reported on Monday night that President Trump shared “code-word information,” which is the highest classification given, with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during last week’s meeting. According to the Post, Trump shared information related to threats recently made by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This information was gained through a U.S. ally in the region.

The report seemed to stun several GOP senators, and the White House immediately gave a quick and significant response. National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster, told reporters at the White House in no uncertain terms, “the story that came out tonight, as reported, is false.” As McMaster’s statement was dissected on mainstream media, the conclusion was that his denial did not directly address or nullify the Washington Post report.

Tuesday morning, the president appeared to simply defend sharing the information with the two Russian officials through his personal Twitter account saying that he has an “absolute right” to share facts.

So do you think Senator Collins is justified in challenging the president to brief the Senate Intelligence Committee?

Credit: The Hill

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