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Vessel floats summons for Putin assembly translators while Dem majority raises Trump probes

Newly-chaired Subcommittee of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, suggested over the weekend that he could summon interpreters' notes or testimony at several meetings between President Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin, dramatically escalating the Democratic majority's investigation of the Trump administration would.

The new Democratic committee chairmen of the Chamber are already examining a series of Trump controversies, including the hearing of ex-fixer Michael Cohen, who described Trump's alleged role in paying money for the lover.

However, the search for interpreter details of Putin meetings would trigger a fierce confrontation between the executive and the legislature regarding talks with foreign leaders. Ship, D-Calif., Weighed, according to the Washington Post report, that Trump took the notes of his own interpreter and instructed the person not to discuss what had happened at the meeting with other administrators.

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According to the report, Trump took the notes after a meeting with Putin in Hamburg in 2017, when his former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was present. The report also states that there are no detailed records of Trump's private meetings with Putin in the past two years and that government officials were not fully selected from their summit in Helsinki, Finland last summer. The report sparked suspicion from Democrats who claimed that Trump was too close to Russia for a long time and was watching the special attorney for possible collusion – which Trump regularly called an unfounded "witch hunt".

"Last year we tried to get the interpreter's notes or statements from the private meeting between Trump and Putin. The Republicans in our committee have rejected us. Will they come to us now? We should not figure out if our president really puts America first. "Ship tweeted on Sunday.

Last year, Ship and his fellow committee member Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Attempted to summon the interpreter, but were blocked by the then Republican majority on the committee – with Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Who led his own investigation Allegations of Russia and the handling of the DOJ and the FBI with them. At that time, Nunes said he could "not entertain such a request."

With Republicans in the minority ship could try again. Swalwell seemed to bring the chairman in that direction.

"Six months ago, @RepAdamShip and I tried to summon the interpreter from the Trump Putin meeting. The GOP blocked us. We knew something was wrong. We now know that Trump took the notes. Lost time and more damage to our democracy is the cost of GOP obstacles, "Swalwell tweeted Sunday.

He added, "The destruction of evidence is guilt. Please show me proof that @realDonaldTrump does not work for Russia. "

Trump repressed the report in an interview with Jean News Pirro of Fox News. Asked whether he had or has worked for Russia, the president replied, "I think that's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked."

The President's announced step to ask an interpreter not to share details of his meetings with foreign leaders with other members of the administration could be a response to earlier talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and then-Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2017 his .

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When asked about the President's alleged instructions to the interpreter, President Kellyanne Conway's adviser said "the President suffered from leaks" and noted the leaked details of his discussions with the Australian and Mexican leaders.

Democrats in the House Intelligence Committee are not the only lawmakers pushing Trump's investigation.

Last week, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairperson Eliot Engel, DN.Y., announced that he intended to dissolve the Panel's Subcommittee on Terrorism and instead set up a panel to investigate matters that had been raised refer to the president.

Engel put the idea on the table for the first time in December and considered an investigating subcommittee to replace the terrorism body launched after the 9/11 attacks.

"We only thought that in this time when Congress is re-establishing itself, when there are so many questionable activities of this government towards foreign policy, we will do something relevant that makes sense to have this," said Engel Last week in an interview with the New Yorker.

He said the committee would continue to deal with terrorism-related issues, but "there was no big shout" from legislators to keep the panel fully in place, saying some of these responsibilities would be redistributed to other subcommittees.

Engel pointed to the need for further Trump trials, for example in connection with the Trump Putin summit in Helsinki.

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"It's been many months since Helsinki, and we still do not know what Putin and Trump were talking about," Engel said, adding that a new body could also look at the "business interests of the President" and how his financial dealings would be safe The countries of the Middle East and Russia have "influenced what he has done in foreign policy".

Also last week, Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced that he had invited Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to testify publicly in front of the panel on February 7. Cohen agreed, saying that he was looking forward to receiving a platform to present events in a comprehensive and credible manner. "

A federal judge sentenced Cohen to three years in prison last month, following a dramatic hearing in which Cohen felt it was his duty to disguise Trump's "dirty deeds." In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to breaking payments laws to silence the former Playboy model Karen McDougal and adult movie star Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had sexual encounters with Trump during their marriage.

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Trump has repeatedly blew up Cohen and added to the criticism over the weekend.

"I was a customer of his, and you should have a lawyer-client privilege," Trump said on Saturday to "Justice with Jeanine Pirro." "But he's having trouble with some loans, scams and taxis, and other things I do not know about. To reduce his sentence, he says, "I have an idea. I will give some information to the president. "

He added, "There is no information. … He tries to reduce his sentence. So it's pretty sad. It is weak and it is very sad to see such a thing. I could not care less. "

Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., The Chairman of Schiff, Cummings and House Judiciary Committee, made a joint statement following his statement on Cohen.

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"The laws of our country prohibit efforts to discourage, intimidate or otherwise pressure a witness, to testify to Congress," said the Democratic Party leader. "The President should not make any statements or take measures to obstruct the Congress's independent oversight and investigation efforts, including by attempting to prevent witnesses from responding to a duly approved request by the Congress."

Andrew O & # # 39; Reilly of Fox News contributed to this report.

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