The Three House Democratic Committee Chairman on Monday formally demanded interviews with any translators who witnessed President Trump's communication with the Russian President Vladimir Putin since the inauguration day – a request that comes as part of a sweeping series of studies Almost safe to be met with legal return of the White House.
In a letter to the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chairman of the chair of the intelligence committee Adam Schiff, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel and chairman of the supervisory committee, Elijah Cummings, said they wanted to know if any Trump-Putin communication had led to "review, change or implementation" of every aspect of US foreign policy.
The Presidents are specifically seeking access to all government department employees and contractors with knowledge of Trump's communication with the Russian leader, including "language skills, translators or interpreters who participated in [sic] participated or in any way listened to President Trump's personal meetings with President Putin and President Trump's phone calls with President Putin. "
The top Democrats also said they were interested in knowing whether Trump or anyone acting on his behalf had "failed to record or in any way destroyed, repressed, abused, or otherwise detained any federal or presidential records "in violation of federal laws.
Washington Post reported in January that Trump, after meeting with Putin in Hamburg, Germany in 2017, took the notes from his own interpreter and instructed the individual not to discuss what had happened in the meeting with other administrative officials.
Trump participated in Putin meeting with state secretary Rex Tillerson, who has emerged as a vocal critic of the Trump administration since his termination, but who has never claimed anything happened in Hamburg.
The post also reported that there are no detailed reviews of Trump's private meetings with Putin over the past two years, and administrative officials have not received a full reading from their two-hour, one-to-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland last summer.
California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, on the heels of Posten's report, accused Trump having "effectively destroyed" notes from the Helsinki Summit, where Trump and Putin met privately with only their translators present.
Trump told Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro in January that he would be willing to release a transcript of his conversations with Putin in Helsinki if he could add: "I do not care".
"I do not hold anything under the wraps. I could not break less," said Trump to Pirro. "I had a conversation that every president does. You sit with the president in different countries. I do it with all countries."
Schiff had shown Monday's move in January, writes on Twitter: "Last year we tried to get the interpreter's notes or testimony from the private meeting between Trump and Putin. The Republicans in our committee voted us down. Should they be with us now? Shouldn't we find out if our President is really & # 39; America first? & # 39; "
The President's reported decision to ask an interpreter not to share details of his meetings with foreign leaders with other members of the administration could have been a response to previous leaks of Trump's private talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2017.
When asked about the president's alleged instructions to the interpreter in January, President Kellyanne Conway's advisor said "the president suffers from leaks" and notes the released details of his call with the Australian and Mexican leaders.
Apart from Monday's request for translator interviews, House Democrats opened another big new lane Monday in their investigations in Trump, where the president of the judiciary fires document requests for dozens of figures from the President's administration, family, and business.
Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., Said Monday the committee submitted document requests to 81 agencies, entities and individuals as part of a new probe for "alleged obstacle, public corruption and other abuse of power by President Trump".
Fox News & # 39; Brooke Singman and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.