On the heels of allegations that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials, more Americans think he should be impeached than think he shouldn't.
She called for the Senate Intelligence Committee to be briefed on the matter.
After the news broke of the Comey memo, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood in the chamber and said, "I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate - history is watching".
Critics said Trump's sharing of the information potentially undermined the relationship with an indispensable information source. "The president in no way compromised any sources or methods in the course of this conversation".
Democrats, who had been demanding that Trump turn over any tapes of his conversations with Comey, broadened their requests to include transcripts of his meeting with the Russians. According to the Post, the source which provided the intelligence had not given Trump permission to share the information and his decision to do so could harm future cooperation from a close ally with deep knowledge and penetration of America's leading adversary in its war against terrorism. Sen.
We see a strikingly similar script this week, with top national security aides saying Monday night that The Washington Post's reporting was wrong, and then Trump tacitly acknowledging it was accurate first thing Tuesday morning.
He added that Congress must subpoena any transcripts and tapes to determine what exactly Trump may have said.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday afternoon defended Trump's comments during last week's meeting, which he described as "wholly appropriate".
In the weeks before Trump took office, Obama administration officials were so concerned by the Trump transition team's handling of classified documents that they moved swiftly to exert more control over the sensitive materials, according to two former US officials.
Which is not to say that intelligence sharing is some kind of panacea, allowing the USA to outsource our information gathering like manufacturing jobs. "Those committees would be able to help establish the facts before we grapple with the potential consequences".
The latest political thunderclap echoed late Tuesday with multiple media outlets reporting that the president had intervened in an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "If the report is true, it is very disturbing", he said in a statement.
Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, a former Marine who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, tweeted Tuesday that "as an intelligence officer by training, I know first-hand the life and death implications of safeguarding classified information". "I think there's a national security risk anything about the intelligence community is reported publicly and leaks are definitely a concern that we have". However, other members of the intelligence-sharing network known as Five Eyes - the world's most powerful intelligence network, comprising the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand - sought to play down the significance of the threat.
But political and legal experts said this latest misstep is among the most egregious so far of Trump's presidency.
"Classified intelligence is classified for a reason and must be respected and protected as such at all levels of government", he wrote on Twitter. Yet reports that the president was bragging to his Russian guests about the intelligence he gets as president suggest a chief executive without the kind of internal governor we expect senior officials, let alone presidents, to have.
A breach of trust raises the possibility that USA friends might curtail such intelligence partnerships out of concern their secrets - and their sources and methods - could end up in the wrong hands. "We have to have information". He's questioned the competence of intelligence officials, challenged their assessment that Russian Federation meddled in last year's election to help him win, and accused them of leaking information about him and his associates. That's quite common in this sphere, since one-on-one relationships make it easier to build trust and control the flow of information.