So too did Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi ask Trump's top White House lawyer to provide any such "tapes" that may have been made, as well as additional details about the president's meeting with Russian leaders earlier this week. Yesterday press reports started to surface that Trump and his team shared secret intelligence reports with Russian Federation.
The information was reportedly obtained from an American ally through a highly sensitive intelligence-sharing arrangement. The president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.I was in the room.
The meeting, which was with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, was supposed to have taken place in the Oval Office the day after Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey was sacked.
Apparently, the Trump people did report to the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency what they talked about with the Russians, and that some of it was highly classified.
No experts are arguing that, if the reports are true, Mr Trump broke the law. However, it is both unclear whether there is veracity to the story, and just how bad the situation could become.
While in Washington, Lavrov joked about Comey - who was leading an FBI investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates - while meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, causing CNN's Jake Tapper to claim that the Russians were "literally mocking" America in the nation's capital. "The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced", deputy national security adviser Dina Powell said. John McCain (R-AZ), who has been a critic of Trump's relationship with Russian Federation, said.
Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State, according to the officials.
The White House has looked to the trip as a moment to draw Trump out of Washington's hyper-partisan hothouse and put him in a more statesman-like setting.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who also participated in the meeting, downplayed the report as well.
Yates told Cooper that she expected the White House to act urgently on information that she had given the administration that Flynn had been compromised by his contact with Russian officials prior to Trump's inauguration.
The information, which was deemed to be especially sensitive, had not even been shared widely within the USA government or shared with other allies, according to the New York Times. Still, it will only heighten Trump's strained relations with intelligence workers and former officials, who view Russian Federation as an adversary. "Revealing classified information at this level is extremely unsafe and puts at risk the lives of Americans and those who gather intelligence for our country".
"Obviously, they are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that's happening", Republican Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said of the Trump administration.
According to the Washington Post, Trump jeopardised a critical USA intelligence source on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terror group.
A United States official told the Washington Post Mr Trump had "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies". The nature of specific threats was discussed, he said, but not sources, methods or military operations.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 3, 2017. Before sauntering out onto the White House lawn to issue his not-really-a-denial, McMaster saw a gaggle of reporters in a hallway and exclaimed, "This is the last place in the world I want to be".