Democrats in Congress have demanded that President Donald Trump release more transcripts of his phone calls with foreign leaders as they move their push forward for impeachment against the president.

“We have got to get to the bottom of this,” 2020 top-tier Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted in response to reports that the Trump administration had secured more transcripts of conversations with foreign leaders onto the top-secret server.

“The American people have a right to know what deals Trump might be making with the murderous Saudi dictator that he loves so much,” Sanders added with a mocking tone.

Another Democratic hopeful Kamala Harris (D-Texas) also joined Sanders to ask the White House to release more transcripts.

“Release the transcripts,” she wrote in a tweet, sharing CNN’s report of White House restricted access to the president’s phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said he’s determined to get more of the president’s phone calls with other world leaders, suggesting that President Trump was jeopardizing national security.

“If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are sequestered in that same electronic file that is meant for covert action, not mean for this, if there’s an effort to hide those and cover those up, yes we’re determined to find out,” he said.

President Donald Trump was not the first president who put call transcripts on a highly classified server. Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice admitted that the Obama administration also used this server to protect sensitive phone calls, as reported The Federalist.

The Kremlin said that transcripts of calls between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin can only be published by mutual agreement, noting that the “diplomatic practice doesn’t envisage such publications.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the publication of the Trump-Zelenskiy call is an internal U.S. issue, but added that it was “quite unusual” to release a confidential call between leaders.

“The materials related to conversations between heads of states are usually classified according to normal international practice,” he said.

The publication of the call has drawn acidulous comments from Russian officials and lawmakers.

“We are waiting for the party to continue,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakhrova said. “Let them publish transcripts of conversations between NATO allies. It would also be useful to publish minutes of closed meetings at the CIA, the FBI and the Pentagon. Put it all on air.”

 She also derided Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to open an impeachment inquiry based on the call.

“Is it the Democrats’ job to make a laughing stock of the United States?” she said. “It’s exactly what Ms. Pelosi has done to Congress, the White House and other state institutions.”

Includes reporting from the Associated Press

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