Dems want notes from Trump-Putin talk

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON – Pres­i­dent Trump’s ef­forts to hide his con­ver­sa­tions with Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin of Rus­sia and new de­tails about the FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his ties to Moscow have in­ten­si­fied de­bate over his re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sia, adding fuel to Democrats’ bud­ding in­ves­ti­ga­tions of his pres­i­dency and po­ten­tially set­ting up a clash be­tween the White House and Con­gress.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who now leads the In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee, im­plored his Repub­li­can col­leagues Sun­day to sup­port his ef­fort to ob­tain notes or tes­ti­mony from the in­ter­preter in one of the pri­vate meet­ings be­tween Trump and Putin.

“Will they join us now?” Schiff wrote on Twit­ter. “Shouldn’t we find out whether our pres­i­dent is re­ally putting ‘Amer­ica first?’”

The ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­pears un­likely to ac­qui­esce to such a de­mand with­out a fight.

Trump has re­peat­edly with­held de­tails of his con­ver­sa­tions with Putin, ac­cord­ing to cur­rent and for­mer U.S. of­fi­cials, a prac­tice that has left of­fi­cials blind to the dy­namic be­tween the two lead­ers and in­ten­si­fied ques­tions within the ad­min­is­tra­tion over the pres­i­dent’s ac­tions.

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