President Trump gave highly classified information to Russia's foreign minister and ambassador at the White House last week - jeopardizing a key source of U.S. intelligence on ISIS, a stunning new report said Monday.
During the meeting with the Russian officials, Mr. Trump mentioned details about Islamic State in a way that revealed enough information for the Russians to potentially compromise the source, according to the officials, who said the intelligence came from the USA ally.
The White House spokesman again avoided reporters' questions Monday - claiming seven more times that Trump, and therefore the White House, had nothing more to say.
"The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation", McMaster said. "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly". "It did not happen".
While the president has the authority to disclose even the most highly classified information at will, in this case he did so without consulting the ally that provided it, which threatens to jeopardize a long-standing intelligence-sharing agreement, the USA officials said.
According to the daily, the sensitive classified information was given to the United States by one of its allies, which had not given it permission to share this with the Russians.
But while White House officials denied that any intelligence sources or methods were discussed, they did not deny that Trump shared the information about the use of laptop computers on aircraft.
Republicans hold 52 seats in the chamber to Democrats' 48.
"White House interference with any FBI investigation is incompatible with democratic safeguards, and that's especially the case when the investigation involves the president or his associates".
Mr. Trump is reported to have boasted that he had access to classified information during his meeting with the Russians.
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Congressman Al Green has called for the impeachment of President Trump. The White House didn't provide a photograph or detailed readout about the meeting, although a photographer from the Russian news agency, TASS, was in the room and released photographs. He added that he wants the House intelligence committee fully briefed on what, if anything, was shared with the Russian officials.
FILE - In this March 21, 2017, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen.
The invitation also includes a disclaimer that Spicer's participation is not to solicit funds by him, in order to comply with the White House ethics rules. "It could harm our national security by cutting off important sources of intelligence that protect Americans against terrorist acts", Wyden said.
Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D., Va.) said on Twitter: "If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community".
Asked whether she has any concerns about the trip, Warren said, "I am always concerned about what Donald Trump is going to do".
While McMaster and Tillerson rejected the report, Powell issued the most outright denial of the story.