White House demurs on calls for transcript of Trump’s meeting with Russian diplomats

Donald Trump, Sergey Lavrov, Russia
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The White House refused to say Tuesday whether it would turn over transcripts of President Trump’s meeting last week in which he revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
When asked about the requests from lawmakers, White House press secretary Sean Spicer pointed to previous statements pushing back on reports detailing the meeting.
Spicer instead went after leaks that led to the revelation being made public this week.
“What has occurred today with these leaks is frankly dangerous,” the spokesman said.
{mosads}Lawmakers in both parties called for the White House to hand over transcripts of the meeting after Trump himself acknowledged earlier Tuesday that he shared sensitive information with the Russians.
White House officials have not denied that Trump shared classified information with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, though they have pushed back on the idea that the revelation would have negative repercussions for the U.S.
“I am calling on the White House to make a transcript of the meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador available to the congressional Intelligence Committees as soon as possible,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“For the purpose of transparency, the White House should share a transcript of the meeting with the House and Senate intelligence committees,” Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), a former intelligence officer, tweeted Tuesday.
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