Schumer: Trump's reported Russian meddling remarks among 'most disturbing things' yet

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.) hammered President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE on Saturday over a report that the president told Russian officials months after entering office that he was unconcerned over Moscow’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

“If true, the reports that President Trump may have told close associates of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin that he didn’t mind Russian interference in the US elections are extremely harmful to both our national security and the integrity of our elections. It’s one of the most disturbing things we’ve learned yet,” Schumer said in a statement.


Schumer added that the White House should “immediately” give the House and Senate Intelligence committees “all the records” from Trump’s 2017 Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, during which Trump reportedly made the remark.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump told Lavrov and Kislyak that he was not concerned over Russian election meddling since the U.S. did the same thing to other countries.

The conversation took place during the same meeting in which the president revealed highly classified information that exposed an intelligence source on ISIS, the newspaper reported.

Three former officials with knowledge of the matter told the Post that Trump’s comments sparked such alarm among White House staffers that officials restricted access to notes of the remarks to a small group of people with the highest security clearances in hopes of preventing the conversation from being leaked.

Trump panned the report as “more fake news” in a tweet late Friday.

Schumer said it is “incumbent” on Congress to pass legislation boosting election security measures because “President Trump does not seem to care about the integrity of our elections.” 

“Leader McConnell: Stop blocking desperately-needed election security legislation in the Senate,” he added, a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers skeptical of progress on spending deal as wall battle looms Impeachment battle looms over must-pass defense bill 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera MORE (R-Ky.).

McConnell this month announced his backing for legislation giving $250 million to states for election security, but Democrats have pushed him to take up legislation that, among other things, would require campaign staffers to notify the FBI about offers of assistance from foreign powers.