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House Dems Go For The Kill, Target Trump’s Translators At Secret Meetings With Putin

As Americans continue to digest media reports that “President” Donald Trump has been working for Russia all along, Congress is now aiming its cannons at the secret communications between Trump and Vladimir Putin.

The Washington Post published a story this weekend about the meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki. To this date, we have no idea what the two discussed in their two-hour, one-on-one meeting. But at another meeting, where Trump had an interpreter (Hamburg), Trump confiscated the interpreter’s notes after the meeting:

“Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of his interpreter’s notes and instructing him not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials,” The Washington Post revealed in its report.

Now, according to ABC News reporter Tara Palmeri, lawyers for the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees will meet Monday to discuss whether they’ll subpoena the translator from the Helsinki meeting between President Donald Trump and with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

“NEW: intel & foreign affairs committee lawyers meeting tomorrow to evaluate subpoenaing Trump’s interpreters at meetings w/ Putin when no aides present. Many Dems were opposed b/c it’s an unprecedented step that could impact future diplomacy. Now warming to it due to WaPo report,” Palmeri tweeted Sunday.

Legal experts believe Trump will attempt to declare executive privilege, but such a move will not work because executive privilege are exclusive to “functions or decision-making processes of the executive branch. It does not exclude information on facts or past events that already took place, according to Cornell Law School.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti explained to former FBI Special Agent Asha Rangappa in a Twitter exchange that Putin’s “presence destroys any privilege claim.”

“Because the conversation she translated was a conversation with Putin,” lawyer George Conway agreed.

Check out what legal experst are saying about this development below:

Months after Helsinki, we have no clue about what was discussed.

Trump’s secrecy surrounding Putin “is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous,” said Strobe Talbott, a former deputy secretary of state now at the Brookings Institution, who participated in more than a dozen meetings between President Bill Clinton and then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s. “It handicaps the U.S. government — the experts and advisers and Cabinet officers who are there to serve [the president] — and it certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump.”

Both Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller must get to the bottom of what has been communicated and what promises have been made by a “president” who might be compromised. Our nation’s future depends on understanding what is transpiring and how deep of a situation we are in with Russia.

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