Democrats looking to have President Trump’s, Putin’s interpreter from the Helsinki summit testify

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UPDATED 7:21 AM PT — Monday, January 14, 2018

Democrat lawmakers are renewing their calls to have the interpreters from the Helsinki summit testify before Congress.

According to reports, lawyers for the House Intelligence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee will meet Monday to evaluate their options to subpoena State Department interpreter Marina Gross.

Lawmakers say details surrounding the meeting are still not known. President Trump said he and Vladimir Putin discussed several topics, including nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade as well as North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

When asked if he would be in favor of having Gross testify before Congress last year, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham had this to say:

“Absolutely not, that will be the last time you ever have a foreign leader meet with the president of the United States privately and I can tell you there may be times where we need to do that, so I can’t imagine how that would affect future president’s in their ability to talk to foreign leaders.”

Senator Graham’s comments echo the sentiments of other interpreter groups, who say the industry takes confidentiality very seriously at all levels. A formal request to Gross has not yet been sent.

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