House Democrats Want Details About Trump’s Conversations with Putin

White House is asked to identify and make available translators and staff who have taken part in meetings of the two leaders

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House Democratic leaders sent a letter on Monday asking for the names of people who have heard private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump has faced a slew of accusations, practically since the moment he stepped foot in the White House, that he illegally colluded with Russian interests to influence the presidential election of 2016.

Accusations even include that he’s been a puppet of the Kremlin.

House Democrats are now looking for people who have overheard private talk between the two leaders.

“According to media reports, President Trump, on multiple occasions, appears to have taken steps to conceal the details of his communications with President Putin from other administration officials, Congress, and the American people,” the letter from House Dems stated.

“The president reportedly seized notes pertaining to at least one meeting he held with President Putin and directed at least one American interpreter not to discuss the substance of communications with President Putin with other U.S. officials.”

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was asked in the letter to identify and make available translators and staff who have taken part in those meetings and phone calls.

The letter also requested documents related to those conversations. It also asked whether any related records were destroyed.

“The White House is expected to produce a complete set of any and all responsive records to each of the three committees,” the letter went on to say.

“But the House and the committees are authorized and equipped to take possession and handle classified documents, whether produced in electronic or physical form.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) all signed the letter.

The three lawmakers have led several investigations into the president.

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President Trump has also been at the center of a federal investigation for nearly two years. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are looking into possible crimes committed by the president or his associates with a particular focus on whether or not they colluded with Russian interests during the last presidential election.

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