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

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzThe federal government must stop stifling medical marijuana research Hillicon Valley: Twitter chief faces GOP anger over bias | DOJ convenes meeting on bias claims | Rubio clashes with Alex Jones | DHS chief urges lawmakers to pass cyber bill | Sanders bill takes aim at Amazon Conservatives blame McCarthy for Twitter getting before favorable committee MORE (R-Fla.) on Wednesday criticized Democratic calls for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' 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