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Carson Statement on President Trump’s Revealing of Classified Information

May 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – “I am deeply disturbed by reports that President Trump shared highly classified intelligence with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during their recent visit to the White House. Through his recklessness, the President may have undone a critical intelligence partnership, destroyed a key source of intelligence in the fight against ISIS, and jeopardized the security of the American people. Regardless of legality, President Trump’s actions were irresponsible and wrong. President Trump took an oath to protect and defend the United States, not to curry favor with our adversaries by sharing our most sensitive secrets.

“With the President’s track record on Russia, Congress cannot simply accept his explanation and let this pass. We need answers and accountability. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I expect to be told what information was shared, where it came from, and how it might impact our vital intelligence partnerships around the world.”