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Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Info During Meeting With Russian Officials

President Donald Trump disclosed ?highly classified information? during a meeting with Russian officials last week, according to the Washington Post.

The revelations raise new questions about the already controversial meeting of Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, who is the Russian ambassador to the U.S. 

Trump revealed information to the Russian visitors that ?jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State,? the Post reported Monday, citing current and former U.S. officials with ties to the administration. The publication did not elaborate on what the president?s disclosure entailed, due to its sensitive nature.

BuzzFeed later confirmed the report, adding that the Senate Intelligence Committee was also briefed on the disclosures. ?It?s far worse than what has already been reported,? one official reportedly told the outlet.

A White House spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment on whether Trump shared classified information with the Russian officials.

Read the full Washington Post report here

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers immediately voiced concern over the apparent intelligence disclosures.

?If it?s true, I would say it?s disturbing,? Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CNN Monday evening. 

But McCain also told the Associated Press that Trump was within his rights to share the information. 

?If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community. Risking sources & methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians,? said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

?Obviously they?re in a downward spiral right now and they?ve got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that?s happening,? Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters Monday.

Trump had already received abundant criticism for the meeting in the Oval Office ? including disapproval that it happened one day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating his administration?s alleged ties to Russia.

Trump was also attacked for allowing a photographer for the Russian state news agency TASS to cover the meeting, which American media had been barred from attending.

The White House said it had been misled, but the Russian photographers? access to the Oval Office sparked questions about a possible security breach. ?Deadly serious Q: Was it a good idea to let a Russian gov photographer & all their equipment into the Oval Office?? tweeted Colin Kahl, deputy national security adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden.

 This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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