Napolitano’s Statement on Reports President Trump Shared Highly Classified Information with Russian Officials

May 16, 2017

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following statement on recent reports that President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in a closed-door meeting in the Oval Office last week:

“I am stunned and incensed by reports of President Trump’s latest careless action, and I join my colleagues in Congress demanding a full report of what exactly occurred in the meeting with Russian officials. Russia interfered in our 2016 Presidential election, is an enemy to democracy, and absolutely should not be given highly classified information. Equally distressing is President Trump standing by his decision, citing his absolute right to share this intelligence even without its source’s knowledge. This reckless behavior further reinforces the urgent need to establish an independent commission to investigate President Trump’s ties to Russia and find the truth. We call on the Republicans to join us, as our constituents are looking to Congress to step up and provide real leadership.”

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