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Republicans, meanwhile, have been growing increasingly restless, with the House Oversight Committee probing Trump's security protocols for discussing classified information at his weekend retreat in Mar-a-Lago, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell suggesting that the Senate investigation of Russian interference in the election would expand.

I'm not sure what this means. However, I tried to construct a section of the sentence I especially have difficulty understanding it. This is my interpretation.

The original phrase: the House Oversight Committee probing Trump's security protocols for discussing classified information

My attempt to paraphrase: the House Oversight Committee investigating Trump's security system to discuss secret information

Source: TIME February 27/ March 6, 2017: White House Chaos Theory

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Maybe this will help

Republicans, meanwhile, have been growing increasingly restless
Republicans have become restless

with the House Oversight Committee probing Trump's security protocols
while/because the House Oversight Committee is looking into Trump's steps to make sure things were secure

for discussing classified information at his weekend retreat in Mar-a-Lago
when discussing classified information at his weekend retreat in Mar-a-Lago (a nonsecure location)

and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell suggesting that the Senate investigation of Russian interference in the election would expand
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell suggests the Senate investigation of Russian interference should be bigger.

The phrase

security protocol

are the steps to take to make sure something is secure and remains private.
A protocol can mean the step-by-step instructions.

  • So in other words, the House Oversight Committee is looking into a way to make sure things are secure because they are in his retreat which isn't private enough? – jack bang Mar 2 '17 at 5:31
  • Almost, they are looking into whether Trump already had a way to make sure things were secure. The Committee is investigating whether the protocols already existed, they may or may not make recommendations. – Peter Mar 2 '17 at 5:33
  • "probing" = "looking into" it does not mean "recommending" – Peter Mar 2 '17 at 5:45
  • "for", in this case, means "when"? – jack bang Mar 2 '17 at 5:46
  • "for discussing classified information" = "whenever discussing classified information" – Peter Mar 2 '17 at 8:36

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