GOP lawmaker criticizes calls for Trump's Russian interpreter to testify

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Parkland parents create anti-gun violence Valentine’s Day candies: ‘Don’t shoot,’ ‘he’s gone’ House conservatives blast border deal, push Trump to use executive power MORE (R-Fla.) on Wednesday criticized Democratic calls for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE’s interpreter to testify before Congress following the summit in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I don’t think that when two leaders get together, there’s an expectation that their translators would be testifying about their private conversations,” Gaetz told Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

Gaetz says such a move could hurt could imperil other world leaders' expectations of privacy.

“I think that would impair our protocols moving forward,” the congressman said. “I don’t think future other leaders would engage in a private discussion if they’re after translators testifying about that diplomacy.” 

This comes after multiple Democratic lawmakers called for the American translator in Trump's private meeting with Putin to reveal the details behind their two-hour meeting.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle still have no idea what was discussed between the two leaders. 

But Gaetz thinks this isn't necessarily out of the ordinary. 

“We’ve got to see some of the concrete action items that will emerge from that discussion” Gaetz told Hill.TV. “It’s typical for that to take a little while because you have a lot of the under secretaries that are working together to flesh out those plans.”

— Tess Bonn