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Top Dem on Senate Intel Committee Says Trump Transcript Leaks Are Troubling, Calls for Investigation

The latest White House leaks are getting bipartisan concern.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told The Daily Beast yesterday called the leaks of President Trump‘s conversations with world leaders “absolutely” troubling.

“A president of the United States, a governor would tell us they’ve got to be able to have confidential conversations,” he said, “And I think it was disgraceful that those [came out].”

On Thursday morning, The Washington Post published full transcripts of Trump’s conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from earlier this year.

Warner argued that the content of the transcripts is “reflective of a chaotic White House,” but such constant leaks can cause “potentially-serious complications to the White House’s ability to conduct foreign policy.”

He called the “massive breach of norms” and was enough to merit a congressional inquiry.

“Whether that is Intel or Judicial [committees] looking into it, somebody ought to,” he said.

Not all Democrats are taking these leaks so seriously. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has encouraged the leaks, telling The View that she’s “so glad to hear what’s going on.”

Early on Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference announcing that the Department of Justice is cracking down on these leaks.

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