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Democrats in the House Foreign Office gathered behind a resolution instructing the executive to "send copies of all documents, records, communications, transcripts, summaries, notes, memoranda, and read-afs" related to Trump's July summit with Putin in Helsinki.
Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) Introduced the measure as a "resolution of inquiry" which, under house rules, must be scrutinized by a committee within 14 legislature days, otherwise its sponsors can force a vote on the plenary assembly.
Legislators in the committee voted along the party line to refuse the expense on Thursday afternoon.
Trump suffered a flurry of criticism after the summit, including from Republicans, during which he appeared to doubt the US intelligence assessment of Russian interference in a press conference with Putin. The president later dropped the remarks and said he had said wrong.
Trump's personal meeting with Putin, conducted behind closed doors with only one interpreter present, has led to intrigue, as the White House and other government officials have said little about the discussions.
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The Democrats argued on Thursday that the resolution was necessary to obtain information about the promises that Trump Putin made during the meeting.
"This meeting could have profound foreign policy implications and the President has already built a track record in awarding concessions with nothing in return," said Boyle.
"Here we are 60 days after the Helsinki Summit and we still do not know what President Trump said or committed to," Boyle said.
But chairman Ed RoyceEdward (ed.) Randall RoyceHouse GOP Seeks to Increase Female Representatives Republican PAC Criticizes Dem Housing for Alleged Sexual Harassment Trump TV's allegations are distracting from real problems with the Broadcasting Board of Governors MORE (R-Calif.), Who had criticized Trump's appearance in Helsinki, argued that the resolution would set a bad precedent for future foreign policy efforts by a president and violate the privilege of the executive.
"I disagree with what the President said in Helsinki, Vladimir Putin is not our friend, and there is simply no comparison of the actions of the United States with those of Putin's Russia," Royce said. "Ultimately, Helsinki was a missed opportunity to challenge Vladimir Putin's false narratives on issues such as Ukraine and Syria and the ongoing interference in our democracy."
However, Royce argued that the resolution "has implications far beyond our current president or past president, and it's about every president's ability to interact with foreign leaders."
The vote took place on Thursday afternoon, just before Washington left for a week off.