tv Senate Democratic Leaders Criticize White House Behavior CSPAN May 16, 2017 9:01pm-9:26pm EDT
have less drama? i think that is a question to direct to the white house will stop -- to the white house. senator schumer: good morning -- good afternoon, everyone. i'm proud to be joined by a large group of my colleagues all of whom have been active in the issue of what's happening between our country and russia and i'll be brief and so all of my colleagues can say some words as well. now, in the wake of reports that
the president disclosed classified information with the russian foreign minister and the russian ambassador, we democrats are united in believing that the president must make transcripts of those conversations available to the intelligence committees. the president should make full, unedited transcripts available immediately. no ifs, no ands, no buts. if the president may have put national security and our intelligence operations at risk, congress has the right to know about it. as, i believe, senator tillis implied this morning, if the president felt comfortable sharing this information with the russians, surely he feels comfortable sharing it with the congress of the united states of america. i'm pleased that several of our republican colleagues have also called on the white house to allow congress to access transcripts of the meeting but we need more of our republican colleagues to speak out. this is not normal behavior. this is not how a white house should operate.
firing an f.b.i. director who's investigating the president's campaign, disclosing classified information to a country that wishes us harm and just finished undermining the integrity of our elections, we need our republican colleagues to join us in standing up to put country over party and work with democrats to get the truth of director comey's firing, to protect the integrity of the investigation into russian interference in our election and to get to the bottom of yesterday's report. searching for the truth is not a partisan thing to do. it is the patriotic thing to do. we need more than words from our republican colleagues. we need action. senator durbin. senator durbin: november 8, 2016, is a day that will live in cyber infamy.
the russians did everything in their power to invade the government of the united states of america and to corrupt a presidential election. those words are not mine alone. they are words that are backed up by every major intelligence agency of the united states of america. what have we done? we've initiated an investigation to find out what they did, how they did it, who was involved in it and stop it from ever happening again. it's been one of the most curious counterintelligence investigations in this nation's history, and we have seen a litany of things occur since which are incredible. a national security advisor who
was forced to resign because of contacts with the russians that were not properly disclosed. a recusal by the attorney general of the united states for misleading the senate judiciary committee on his communications with the russians. and just last week, the decision by the president of the united states to remove from office the man in charge of that investigation, the director of the f.b.i. james comey. and then the fumbling that occurred afterwards as they produced memos which were then disavowed and as they backtracked on the real reason for the removal of james comey. then to have as a sequel to it, a meeting with the foreign minister of russia as well as the russian ambassador and for the leader of the united states of america to disclose classified, top-secret information to those two people in his office. to tell this story as it occurred is almost incredible for us to believe, but the question now is what we will do as the united states senate. there have been moments in history where senators from both political parties have been called on to put country over party, to stand up together for the good of this nation, realizing the oath of office that we have taken binds us to the constitution, to the law of the land and to the integrity of this institution. this is one of those moments.
we need to come together to have a special prosecutor so there's no question that the person who's conducting this investigation on a criminal basis is one who's trusted. we need to make certain that we have this commitment and then -- -- then bring together a person with strong bipartisan support to bring it together. standf all, we need to together senators from different political parties by committed to this nation. thank you. been extremely concerned with the administration's ties with russia. thatcknowledgment president trump shared with the
foreign minister in the ambassador from our enemies, the russians, secrets that were classified is just shocking. fighting isis.t thehould understand, president should know, that russia and syria is not fighting isis. they are fighting for assad. were goingea that we to join with russia to fight is something the president talked about during the campaign, that has never been in the cards and only someone very naive would say that. we need to see the transcripts thatat the president and
meeting with russians -- and by the way, there was no press in that meeting like there is here today. soviet era style --, which was the only present in the room. so not only did he tell the ambassador and foreign minister but he told the russian media as well and not all of you. i think it is clear that we need a special prosecutor. and i'mh derek on this going to ask my friends on the other side of the aisle to see this for what it is and to call for a special prosecutor. thank you. >> i am going to be asking rod rosenstein when he appears this
thursday whether he will commit to a special prosecutor. i voted against them. i was the only democrat in the judiciary committee to vote against him because he would not do it then. if he fails to do so, i will move ahead with legislation modeled on the law that existed and 1999 that would give the power to a three-judge panel to appoint a special prosecutor. recklessrous and disclosure of classified information by the present of the united states to one of our major adversaries shows how we are approaching a constitutional precedent that can be addressed only with a special prosecutor who has the independence in objectivity to a sure that there is an aggressive and vigorous
investigation that has the trust of the public. there is a common thread to all of these incidents. russian meddling in our election. trumple collusion by the campaign. the firing of james comey because of the russian thing. the warning from the deputy attorney general from the national security advisor potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the russians and then disclosure of highly classified information without any pre-clarence. whatever you think about the appropriateness of the information going to the russians, there was none to make community telligence about. the only way to make sure that we have the tapes and transcripts of the russian meeting and the comey conversation is to subpoena the
othertranscript, and records. prosecuting 101. a you think it exists, put subpoena on it. if the other party says it does not exist and in fact later it does, there are criminal penalties. without those subpoenas, there is no accountability to be sure verify determine and whether those tapes and transcripts exist and that we are getting all of them, they need to be subpoenaed. and as my personal view special prosecutor is necessary to ensure this into the -- this complete and is has the approval of the people. >> the united states has the oath act.
that says members of congress to support the constitution of the united states. today we are called to fill that both regardless of what -- to -- to that both fulfill that oath. in othersn ambassador have information they should not have. tomorrow.wait until what we need his courage and patriotism from the republicans and what we cannot have as mumbling in the election of being concerned or troubled or wanting more information. all we need is true patriotism from the republicans and that comes from actions, not words.
>> president trump is tearing down our national security and intelligence protections 140 characters at a time. tosident trump us decision relay some of our most sensitive intelligence to members of the russian government betrays an judgment. lack of president trump may say his foreign-policy is america first, but his actions really say "russia first." bite reviewing code word to russia, president trump may have exposed key intelligence sources, and danger fight against isis, and undermined the trust of our international allies and partners. which would make them more hesitant to give us the intelligence which we need to protect our fighting men and women and our citizens here in
the united states. this senseless act by the president comes just days after fbi director comey. every time you think president trump cannot engage in a more blatant affront to our democracy, he tops it. usse two actions alone bring closer to a constitutional crisis. whenever the ongoing investigations may lead us, the congress must act to restore the faith of the american people in our republic. it is incumbent upon republicans to join them across in calling on congress to immediately investigate this latest irresponsible action as well is to support the appointment of a special prosecutor. we need the white house to make foreignscripts with the
minister ambassador available to the house and senate intelligence committees as soon as possible. we have to make sure president trump does nomura additional damage to united states security . it is time for the republican party to put country over party and to remember that their country is the united states of america and not russia. >> we have young men and women in uniform all across the world nation.presenting our even the most junior of though jean officers and enlisted men and women know that you do not leak classified data to the russians. friend.s not our the intelligence community has made it clear that russia
intends to undermine our confidence as a country and instead of having a commander-in-chief who would uphold the goals and the protections of this country, we have instead a white house that is showing reckless instability. presidents decision to share highly classified information with a foreign adversary is deeply troubling. it is a serious threat to our national security. to the safety of our families. and to every one of our troops in harms way right now. also puts our nation's intelligence officials at a greater risk and undermines our allies. it is stunning considering how often the president himself has complained about leaks. note clear, russia is
america's friend. the president should know highly classified intelligence is not something you use to impress. the white house should immediately share transcripts with the committee and the american people deserve to know what is really going on here because it is becoming clear specialy an independent prosecutor can get the answer the american people need and deserve. thank you. to be a memberd of this caucus. this is so great. the answer is to get the transcript. there are different nuances. last night, when general mcmasters said that the president revealed no sources, the whole reason so many things are classified when you know
this is a fact. you can find those sources. we need a transcript and a thorough analysis. question] ble senator schumer: on the first issue, we have directly communicated with the white house and not gotten any reaction. on the second, i will not comment. question] ble senator schumer: i went to read the transcripts before coming to a conclusion. question] ble senator schumer: look, the bottom line is we are hoping our republican colleagues rise to the occasion. i was gratified when senator mcconnell met our request to deputy rosenstein before
the full senate. there will be a lot of sharp and cap questions there. half questions there. we're discussing the way for discussion. we -- there has been just one vote against all attorney general nominees thus or. -- there has been just directoragainst all nominees in the history of the united states of america. it has always been a nomination against virtually unanimous support and we are hoping that the white house moves and not direct and. >> [indiscernible question] schumer: from the reports i saw, the intelligence
agencies were quite shocked when that information came about even though in the act of doing them the president unilaterally declassified them. it does not seem like there was a whole lot of discussion about that and then there was a rush information. so they did not seem to be aware of it either end all of that is extremely troubling. the damage done, a even note the president has the right to declassify, remains just as strong. yes? there were some talking and peach met. do you feel you have to encourage that? rain that in? schumer: look, every member is entitled to his or her own opinion, house and senate. i think we need a thorough investigation and to get all of come to aand then to conclusion. releasing of the transcripts,
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