Two leading Democrats are working with the House General Counsel to find the best ways to legally force the Trump administration to hand over information about Donald Trump’s private discussions with Vladimir Putin.
The July sit-down in Helsinki was reportedly the first time US and Russian presidents have met alone, prompting former CIA director John Brennan and others to criticize the meeting.
The Trump administration is likely to fight any efforts to compel more disclosure.
Democrats are now publicly exploring legal options to compel President Donald Trump to disclose information about his private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, according to Politico.
Any such moves will likely be met with fierce opposition from the Trump administration, judging by Trump’s efforts already to keep the information private.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee chairman, and Rep. Eliot Engel, the Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, told Politico they’re working with House General Counsel Douglas Letter to plan how to force the administration to reveal documents or other information about the talks.
“I had a meeting with the general counsel to discuss this and determine the best way to find out what took place in those private meetings — whether it’s by seeking the interpreter’s testimony, the interpreter’s notes, or other means,” Schiff told Politico.
The July meeting in Helsinki was reportedly the first time in history presidents from the US and Russia have met alone. After the one-on-one, Trump indicated at a press conference that he believes Russia over the US intelligence community when it comes to the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 US election.
At the time, ex-CIA director John Brennan and some Republicans slammed the private meeting and Trump’s performance at the ensuing media event.
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