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Top Dem lawmaker pushing committee for closed-door debrief with Trump’s interpreter

 

A senior Democratic lawmaker intends to ask the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman to hold a closed-door debriefing with President Trump's Russia interpreter. 

 

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) joins other Democrats in pressing for information from the interpreter who participated in a two hour private meeting between Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. 

 

Sherman, the ranking member on the Asia & the Pacific Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, told Hill.TV that he hasn't spoken to Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) about scheduling a debrief, "but I will." 

 

Several Democrats, including Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), have called for hearings with the interpreter to get a debrief of what happened between the two world leaders on Monday in Helsinki. 

 

"I think it should be the Foreign Affairs Committee ... in closed session," Sherman told Hill.TV when asked if Trump's translator should testify on Capitol Hill. 

 

- Molly K. Hooper 

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