On Wednesday, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy introduced the The Prevention and Oversight of Intelligence Sharing with Enemies or POISE Act, which would require the President to disclose to Congress when he’s shared top secret information with foreign entities. The bill comes amidst the ongoing controversy involving President Donald Trump possibly disclosing top secret information with Russian officials.
The bill would require the President to notify the House and Senate congressional intelligence committees when any executive branch official, including himself, discloses Top Secret information to government officials of nations that sponsor terrorism or are subject to sanctions. Murphy specifically mentions Russia in the description.
“When U.S. intelligence falls into the wrong hands, it puts our service members, intelligence operatives, and diplomats at risk and undermines our national security interests around the world.” says Murphy “Additionally, our allies are unlikely to share highly-sensitive intelligence if they lose confidence in our ability to protect such information. My bill will enable Congress to assess any damage, conduct appropriate oversight, and keep our country safe whenever classified information is intentionally or inadvertently disclosed.”
The bill is unlikely to go anywhere in the Republican controlled congress, but another bill sponsored by the Congresswoman from the 7th District that would have banned Steve Bannon from the National Security Council did gain national attention before he was ultimately ousted from the NSC.
You can watch Murphy introduce the bill on the video below…