Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia is willing to give Congress any records of President Donald Trump’s communications with Russia’s foreign minister, according to the Associated Press.
Putin, who called the widening scandal including Trump allegedly sharing intelligence with Russia “political schizophrenia,” said he’d provide the records if the White House approves.
Putin talked during the news conference with the visiting Italian Prime minister. He likewise joked that he would scold Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov because “he hasn’t shared those secrets with us.”
Trump came under heavy criticism early this week after the Washington Post reported that he talked classified intelligence on ISIS with Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak.
The White House denied the president inappropriately provided the Russians with secret information, but Trump on Tuesday defended sharing “facts” with the Russians, writing on Twitter that, “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
Lawmakers from both parties sought more detailed explanations on what Trump shared with Russia.
Putin, in any case, called US politicians “stupid” and “dangerous and unscrupulous” and accused them of wanting to hurt the US He did not name them.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), however, cast doubt on the authenticity of any information provided by Russia.
“If there are transcripts, we need those transcripts as well. But I’ve got to tell you. We don’t need them from the Russians. The idea that we would accept any evidence from president Putin is absurd,” Collins said on CNN Wednesday. “I wouldn’t trust any evidence that the Russians said they could provide.”
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio agreed with Collins.
“Well, I wouldn’t put much credibility into whatever Putin’s notes are,” Rubio said on Fox Wednesday morning. “And if it comes in an e-mail, I wouldn’t click on the attachment either, that’s for sure.”