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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Congressman DeSaulnier’s Statement on President Trump’s Admission to Revealing Highly Classified Information

May 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s admission that he revealed highly classified information to Russian officials.

“President Trump’s decision to disclose highly classified information without considerable thought, consultation with the intelligence community, or recognition of the consequences is deeply disturbing. The President divulged more information to the Russians than the United States has thus far shared with its allies. This action hurts the credibility of the United States, endangers sources, methods, and assets in the field—many of whom are risking their lives to keep America safe—and jeopardizes our national security.

“The timing of this leak and the circumstances surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who had recently requested more resources for the ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, must be immediately investigated by an independent commission. I urge my Republican colleagues in Congress to put country before party and fully investigate any and all ties between President Trump and Russia,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.