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Rep. Chaffetz Requests Info on Trump-Abe Dinner Meeting

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President Donald Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sit down to dinner at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. on Feb. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 04:06 PM

The House Oversight Committee wants to review how the White House handled sensitive information at a weekend meeting at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, the committee's GOP chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, asked for details on security protocols at Trump's Florida estate —including what documents were viewed at a Saturday meeting between the president and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Chaffetz also wants to know club guests are vetted.

The request comes in the wake of reported images that were posted on social media showing the two world leaders and their staff members huddled over documents and working on laptops after news that North Korea had launched a missile test Saturday.

"Accounts and photographs from other diners seem to indicate these communications occurred in the presence of other guests," Chaffetz noted. "Reportedly, documents were provided by what appeared to be White House staff for the President's review while the dinner proceeded."

The Utah Republican noted that White House press secretary Sean Spicer had said no classified information was present in the Mar-a-Lago dining room, and that Trump was "briefed in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) both before and after the dinner."

"Nevertheless, discussions with foreign leaders regarding international missile tests, and documents used to support those discussions, are presumptively sensitive," he wrote.

"While the President is always on duty, and cannot dictate the timing of when he needs to receive sensitive information about urgent matters, we hope the White House will cooperate in providing the Committee with additional information."

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