PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Reckless and irresponsible, those are just some of the words members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation are using to describe reports that President Trump shared classified information with Russian leaders.
“It raises a very serious question about his ability fulfill the very serious responsibilities of being President of the United States,” said Congressman David Cicilline.
Cicilline joined Democrats from the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees to demand an immediate investigation of President Trump, the Attorney General and top White House aides.
The Congressman told ABC6 News that recent events are even more of a reason why a special prosecutor is needed to investigate the ties between President Trump's campaign and Russia.
“It raises the question of what do the Russian's have on this President that he’d be willing to undermine the national security interest of the United States to share highly classified information with the Russian foreign minister and foreign ambassador,” said Cicilline.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse clearly upset over the news when an ABC reporter spoke to him on the Capital on Tuesday.
“How many people were out chanting “lock her up” and Trump himself saying she was unfit to govern, because of that,” said Whitehouse. “And here he is now releasing real secrets directly to the Russians and the irony of that is pretty astounding.”
Senator Jack Reed told ABC 6 News that the concern is now stretching well beyond party lines.
“Both the Republican and Democratic Senators are very much concerned about this behavior,” said Reed.
The outrage is not just over the alleged sharing of classified information, but also over news that the former FBI head documented a request by the President to stop an investigation into his former national security adviser.
To that, Congressman Jim Langevin released a statement. It reads in part; “President Trump’s Administration has been marred by the appearance of impropriety since the day he took office. The new information revealed by Mr. Comey does not give the appearance of impropriety; it is the very definition of impropriety.”