U.S. officials are waking up to an unprecedented offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin that could potentially extinguish the fire President Donald Trump has come under for supposedly leaking classified information to the country.
Putin said Wednesday he is willing to release the record of Trump’s meeting last week with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister – the same meeting during which Trump is said to have revealed highly classified information to Russia – if the White House wants it, according to various sources.
He also said a “political schizophrenia” has the U.S. in a tizzy, and this is “eliciting concern” in Russia, according to reports.
The Washington Post this morning broke the news about the Kremlin’s offer, noting the one caveat: the Trump Administration must request the transcript from the Kremlin, according to the report.
“If the administration of the United States deems this possible, we will be ready to provide a transcript of the [Sergey] Lavrov-Trump meeting to the U.S. Senate and Congress,” Putin told reporters during a news conference with visiting Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, adding that “it will happen if the U.S. administration wishes so.”
The Washington Post also broke the initial news that Trump is said to have leaked the highly sensitive information that reportedly jeopardized an ISIS intelligence source, according to its unnamed sources. Trump and other top officials carefully denied leaking classified information but did admit that matters regarding terrorism were discussed.