- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Senate’s top Democrat demanded Tuesday that the White House release the transcript of his meeting with the Russian foreign minister to congressional intelligence committees so they can determine the extent of the damage.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, while not confirming the press reports that Mr. Trump shared highly classified information in the meeting, said it’s up to the president to clean up the matter.

“If the president has nothing to hide, he should direct the transcript of the meeting be made available,” Mr. Schumer said.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Mr. Trump gave information designated at “code word” level, meaning beyond top secret, to the foreign minister. The Post said U.S. intelligence agencies were scrambling to do damage control afterward.

No Democrats, including those with access to sensitive information, have independently confirmed the report and top administration officials have vehemently denied it. Some of those officials were in the meeting in question.

But Mr. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that he had “the absolute right” to share information with Russia — a statement that Democrats said seemed to confirm that he had shared the sensitive information, despite the denials by his aides.



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