You can almost hear Vladimir Putin saying “Nyet” to this.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
House Democrats have considered subpoenaing Donald Trump’s Russian interpreter, or the translator’s notes from private conversations between the president and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The congressional Democrats plan to significantly expand their ongoing investigation into the president and his connections to Russia, according to a report from Axios. In addition to seeking to determine what was said in private talks between Trump and Putin, Democratic lawmakers plan to interview new and former witnesses, and closely examine the president’s and his family’s finances.
Trump’s private talks with Putin have been the subject of speculation and concern since the two leaders met for a summit in Helsinki last summer. In January, The Washington Post reported that the president had gone to “extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations” with his Russian counterpart. “U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years,” reported The Post.
After one 2017 meeting with Putin, Trump reportedly asked his State Department interpreter for her notes and instructed her not to discuss the meeting with other administration officials. Analysts have criticized the president’s alleged actions, arguing that keeping the discussions private violated protocol and allowed the Russians to hijack the narrative.
Yeah, I think that we definitely need to hear from this person.
This is not the only subpoena the Democrats are likely to authorize, they have all kinds of plans for getting to the bottom of Trump’s entanglements with the Russians.
Courtesy of Axios:
Mueller is just the beginning. House Democrats plan a vast probe of President Trump and Russia — with a heavy focus on money laundering — that will include multiple committees and dramatic public hearings, and could last into 2020.
The state of play: The aggressive plans were outlined yesterday by a Democratic member of Congress at a roundtable for Washington reporters. The member said Congress plans interviews with new witnesses, and may go back to earlier witnesses who “stonewalled” under the Republican majority.
The reporters, many of them steeped in the special counsel’s investigation, came away realizing that House Dems don’t plan to depend on Robert Mueller for the last word on interference in the 2016 election.
Instead, Dems will use their new subpoena power to produce a voluminous exposé of their own.
At least three committees are already involved: The House Intelligence Committee is taking the lead, coordinating with House Financial Services on money-laundering questions and with House Foreign Affairs on Russia.
It appears that Trump is about to take fire from a number of different directions.
The only question to ask is who will bring him down first, Robert Mueller or the House Democrats, many of whom were recently elected to do just that?