US needs to share intel with Ukraine, lawmaker says

Lawmakers are calling on the administration to share U.S. intelligence with Ukraine about Russian troops massed on the country's eastern border, in order to help Ukrainian forces defend themselves against an invasion. 

"I don't think we're doing enough — I think we should be sharing more [intelligence]," said Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBowing to pressure, White House to host bipartisan briefing on Russia investigation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California MORE (D-Calif.), who recently came back from a visit to Ukraine. This week, pro-Russian demonstrations provoked fears that President Vladimir Putin might mount a second invasion in Ukraine just weeks after annexing Crimea.

"I think there is more we could do to help Ukraine prepare, that doesn't put at risk any of our intelligence gathering methods, or the degree to which we can track Russian military movements," Schiff said during an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, Reps. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) called on the administration to provide Ukrainian forces with U.S. intelligence, military advice and technical support.

According to Turner, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove has identified 80,000 Russian troops along the Ukraine border, that are part of an "invasion-ready force" that includes field hospitals.  

Schiff acknowledged U.S. officials were concerned that shared intelligence would end up in the hands of Russian intelligence agencies, and said "we have to be careful what we share that doesn't disclose sources and methods of our intelligence gathering."