Republicans Restrained In Response To Trump Intelligence Sharing With Russia

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he'd like to see "less drama" from President Donald Trump - and wants him to choose an "apolitical" Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Republican leaders are the only members to have heard from the White House on the topic so far.

Comey's firing set off a political firestorm because he was overseeing an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign aides had contact with or even colluded with Russians to influence the election.

"I think the most important thing is for the president to pick somebody who's apolitical, who clearly has a deep law enforcement background", McConnell said. 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".

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to the Washington Post's reporting that President Donald Trump had shared highly classified information with Russian Federation by saying that "we could do with a little less drama from the White House".

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The Social Democratic Party lawmaker said that if the USA president "passes this information to other governments at will, then Trump becomes a security risk for the entire western world". Administration officials at first agreed with the basic facts, then denied the story.

McConnell said he expects the Republican-led Congress to also ignore Trump's requests to cut foreign aid and State Department funding in fiscal 2018, which begins October 1.

McConnell also dismissed a question about if he was losing confidence in Trump and directed questions about how much time Trump spends at properties he owns, like Mar-A-Lago, to the White House. "I don't know the whole story", Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said when asked for a response. "I think the diplomacy part of what we do overseas is a lot cheaper than the use of the military and frequently has a pretty good return on investment". John McCain, R. -Ariz., said the intelligence sharing was "deeply disturbing".

"I'm absolutely serious about it", Lee told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday". "I'm not going to take a memo, I want the guy to come in", said Sen.

After the reports spread Monday night, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, released a statement through his spokesman, Doug Andres.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, also took the Senate floor Tuesday morning, demanding that the Intelligence Committee be given access to the transcripts between Trump and the Russians.

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