Schumer: Does Putin have 'damaging information' on Trump?
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE's rhetoric at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, and questioned if Moscow has "damaging information" on Trump. 

Schumer said in a statement that Trump's performance — in which he downplayed Russia's election interference and knocked special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe — leaves "a single, ominous question ... over the White House." 
 
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"What could possibly cause President Trump to put the interests of Russia over those of the United States? Millions of Americans will continue to wonder if the only possible explanation for this dangerous behavior is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump," Schumer said. 
 
Trump sparked immediate backlash from former intelligence officials, Democrats and some GOP lawmakers for his handling of the joint press conference with Putin. During the press conference Trump refused to denounce Russia's 2016 election meddling and said both countries were to blame for the current low point in U.S.-Russia relations. 
 
"I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. I think we've all been foolish. ... I think we're all to blame," Trump told a reporter when asked if he held Russia accountable.
 
Schumer on Monday lambasted Trump's rhetoric, calling it a "shameful performance" that weakened U.S. allies. 

"For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak. The president is putting himself over our country," Schumer said in a statement. 
 
Trump's warm rhetoric toward Russia has sparked skepticism from lawmakers for years. Democrats have previously questioned if Russia has damaging information on Trump. 
 
Putin was asked during the press conference if he had compromising information on Trump and said that he had heard a "rumor" of Russia "allegedly collecting compromising material" on Trump during a trip to Moscow before he ran for president. 
 
"Let me tell you this, when President Trump was in Moscow back then, I didn't even know that he was in Moscow," Putin said.

Trump added that if Russia had information on him "it would have been out long ago.”

Schumer's comments were later echoed by House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act MORE (D-Calif.), who said the press conference "proves the Russians have something on the president, personally, financially or politically." 

Their remarks also come after Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDem senator calls on Kavanaugh to withdraw after second allegation Feinstein calls for hold on Kavanaugh consideration Overnight Energy: Warren bill would force companies to disclose climate impacts | Green group backs Gillum in Florida gov race | Feds to open refuge near former nuke site MORE (D-Ore.) said it was "likely" Moscow had something on Trump.