Republicans Block Move To Subpoena Interpreter From Trump-Putin Summit

Republicans Block Move To Subpoena Interpreter From Trump-Putin Summit

"This is an extraordinary remedy, I realize, but then it's extraordinary for the president of the United States to ask all of his senior staff essentials to leave the room and have a conversation with an adversary, and then in a public conversation disavow his own intelligence agencies and in many respects disavow his own country", he said to the House committee.

While the motion was made at a hearing titled, "China's threat to American government and private sector research and innovation leadership", Schiff justified his request by recounting that President Trump had a "disastrous summit with Vladimir in Helsinki".

The California lawmaker said he realizes it's an "extraordinary" step to subpoena the interpreter, but added it's also extraordinary for the president to meet alone with a USA adversary.

Senate Democrats have been pushing for testimony from the interpreter to determine if Trump made any deals with Putin during the session.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY questioned Thursday if any top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or Defense Secretary James Mattis, were given any of the details about the meeting or informed of any military or security agreements that were made between Trump and Putin.

"It is utterly incredible, utterly unbelievable, that no one knows what was said", Schumer said.

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Mr. Trump's translator was the only other person from the USA delegation present in the room during the president's one-on-one meeting with Mr. Putin, of which no specific details have emerged yet.

"I regret that we have to raise this at today's hearing", Schiff said, adding that his request for a business meeting was rejected.

Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey called on Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, to bring forth Gross to testify.

Members of Congress accused Trump of undermining the USA intelligence community during a successive press conference on Monday in which the president embraced Putin's denial that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

When the committee returned, lawmakers voted along party lines, 11-6, to table the motion.

"As you know, Mr. Schiff, this is a hearing, and the only motion you can make is a motion to adjourn", Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., responded.

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