- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rep. Eric Swalwell said Tuesday the cost of President Trump’s relationship with Russia is one “we just cannot afford to pay.”

“The cost of this president ties to Russia is becoming our national security and that’s a price that we just cannot afford to pay,” the California Democrat said on CNN.

Mr. Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Americans may not understand the details of his committee’s investigation into Russia regarding the 2016 election, but sharing classified information is much easier for people to understand.

“It’s very hard to explain why Russia’s interference in our campaign this last election should be something that we can’t tolerate. But people have a pretty easy time understanding why the president shouldn’t disclose national security secrets to an enemy when those secrets could affect American lives,” he said.

In wake of The Washington Post’s report that Mr. Trump may have shared classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Mr. Swalwell says it’s time that Congress do more.

“There’s a lot we can do in Congress. We’re not powerless. And we’re supported by the American people,” Mr. Swalwell said.

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