BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There are questions and concerns on Capitol Hill after an alleged security breach out of the nation’s top office.
Maryland lawmakers are looking to the White House for answers.
Another day, another distraction for lawmakers.
As Democrats call for an investigation into the leak, Republicans are dubbing it presidential prerogative.
Day 118 of the current administration brings another controversy. There’s another spotlight on President Donald Trump after claims that he shared classified information with Russian leaders.
“We had a very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russia,” Trump said.
Trump was defending his office on Tuesday, and while hallways in the Capitol stayed quiet, Democrats loudly disagreed.
Calling the information shared during that meeting, anywhere from disturbing, to dangerous.
“People will not share information with us if they can’t trust us to keep it secret,” said Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen. “It puts them at risk, and it sends a signal to our allies that they will be compromised.”
Sen. Van Hollen is calling on the intelligence committee to request transcripts of the president’s closed door conversation.
“On this issue, leaking really code word national secrets. You’ve got bipartisan concern,” Van Hollen said.
And while Democrats say it’s cause for concern, creating another chaotic day on Capitol Hill, Maryland’s Republican leaders call it simply a non-issue.
“The fact is this is the president. The president is in charge of the intelligence agencies. So, to accuse the president of some kind of breach is kind of interesting,” said Maryland Congressman Andy Harris.
Harris is adamant that what the president chooses to divulge is his decision.
“This is not worthy of investigation,” Harris said. “This is the president conducting foreign policy.”
Harris thinks this will blow over.
The meeting in question was the day after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into campaign interactions with Russia.
Democrats say that on the heels of Comey’s firing, they need answers.