Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Reports President Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russian Officials

May 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on reports that President Trump revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian officials:

“The White House must immediately and fully clarify reports indicating the President revealed code-word clearance level intelligence to high-ranking Russian officials in the Oval Office, and whether or not the President did so intentionally. If these reports are accurate, it would represent one of the most serious violations of national security by a United States President ever.

“When taken in concert with the President’s vindictive firing of FBI Director James Comey for the Bureau’s ongoing investigation of the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia, this episode confirms the absolute necessity of an independent Congressional commission to complete the Russia probe.

“The events of the past week raise grave questions about the President’s judgment and fitness to perform the primary duty of the Presidency: ensuring the safety and security of the American people.”