President Trump was caught telling a GOP lawmaker the release of a classified memo on the Russian probe is a go, before giving the rest of the White House the chance to mull the decision.
The hot-mic disclosure was captured on C-SPAN cameras Tuesday night as Trump schmoozed with Republican politicians after his State of the Union address.
“Release the memo,” Rep. Jeff Duncan asked Trump as the two shook hands.
“Oh, yeah. Don’t worry. 100%,” Trump assured him, before moving on to greet another pol.
Duncan later shared C-SPAN’s video clip of their brief exchange in the House chambers.
Trump’s pledge to have the record detailing misuse of FBI surveillance for the far-reaching Russia investigation unclassified would seemingly null the White House’s pledge to conduct a review of the document.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday afternoon that Trump had not seen the four-page memo crafted by the House intelligence committee, led by Trump ally Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).
Boh Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray have reportedly said that making the document public would set a dangerous precedent.
The President has five days to stop its release.
With News Wire Services