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GOP Sen. Susan Collins demands intel briefing from White House on Trump leak to Russians

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) wants the White House to brief the Senate Intelligence Committee about President Donald Trump’s revelation of classified intelligence to Russian officials.

The Maine Republican said in a statement Tuesday that she wanted the Trump administration to clear up conflicting reports about the intelligence revealed by the president, who admitted to the action but claims an “absolute right” to share sensitive information.

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“Although the President has the legal authority to disclose classified information, it would be very troubling if he did share such sensitive reporting with the Russians,” said Collins, a member of the congressional committee. “The Senate Intelligence Committee should be briefed on this important issue immediately.”

She expressed concern that Trump’s “disclosure of highly classified information has the potential to jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security.”

The Washington Post reported Monday night that Trump had shared “code-word information” with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a meeting last week in the Oval Office.

National security advisor H.R. McMaster pushed back against the report shortly afterward in a carefully worded denial, but the president admitted Tuesday morning on Twitter that he’d shared the information.

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Collins reacted in frustration shortly after the report came out.

“Can we have a crisis-free day?” the senator said Monday night. “That’s all I’m asking.”

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Trump ‘specifically pressured the president of Ukraine’: WSJ reporter explains bombshell report

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday interviewed one of the reporters behind a bombshell story on President Donald Trump and his interactions with Ukraine that are at the center of the whistleblower scandal.

"President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe, according to people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Bombshell report confirms Trump ‘repeatedly pressed’ Ukrainian leader to probe Joe Biden’s family

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A new report from the Wall Street Journal confirms that President Donald Trump over the summer "repeatedly pressed" Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

According to WSJ, Trump asked Zelensky an estimated eight different times to launch a probe of Hunter Biden in a move aimed at crippling Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

"He told him that he should work with [Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani] on Biden, and that people in Washington wanted to know," one of WSJ's sources claims. According to this source, however, Trump on this phone call made no mention of foreign aid and didn't offer Zelensky an explicit quid-pro-quo for his cooperation in investigating Biden.

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Yale psychiatrist on what the whistleblower scandal reveals about Trump’s ‘self-defeating pathology’

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On Thursday, information emerged that a whistleblower in the intelligence community had officially submitted a complaint suggesting that President Donald Trump had had a compromising discussion with a foreign leader.

As the news circulated Friday, commentators raised the possibility that Trump had offered the president of Ukraine a stronger relationship in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden.

Raw Story spoke with Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee, who has studied the president's erratic behavior.

Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and violence expert at Yale School of Medicine. She has been consulting with the World Health Organization since 2002, has taught at Yale Law School since 2003, and is author of the textbook, “Violence.” In 2017, she held an ethics conference that led to the public-service book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” and the World Mental Health Coalition. She also convened a panel to assess the president’s mental capacity and chairs a working group on a panel for performing presidential fitness-for-duty tests. She is hosting discussions on the need to speak about a president’s mental health at the Yale Law School and the School of Medicine this week.

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