Democrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans

Democrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans
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Congressional Democrats on Wednesday railed against indications that the White House is considering an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin to observe questioning of indicted Russians in exchange for allowing Russian authorities to question American citizens.

Numerous Democratic senators and representatives took to Twitter to voice concerns with Trump's apparent willingness to consider the offer, which Putin made during the two leaders' meeting in Finland on Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFive takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Schumer rips Trump 'Medicare for all' op-ed as 'smears and sabotage' GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter MORE (D-N.Y.) wrote on Twitter that the Senate should take the decision out of Trump's hands.


"Congress must come together to prevent Trump from acting on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This request is absurd," Rep. Colleen HanabusaColleen Wakako HanabusaThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts Case makes political comeback by winning Hawaii House primary Hawaii’s governor makes improbable comeback MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted.

"Lawmakers and the American people need to know what else Trump promised Putin," she continued. "This is a serious national security issue."

At a joint press conference in Finland, Putin said he’d be willing to allow U.S. law enforcement to travel to Russia and observe the questioning of suspects implicated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. In exchange, Putin said he’d want access to U.S. citizens for questioning. 

Trump appeared receptive to the offer, saying at Monday's press conference that Putin had made an "incredible offer."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Trump will discuss the offer with other U.S. officials, adding that "there wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the United States."

Some Democratic lawmakers responded Wednesday specifically to the suggestion that former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul would be among the Americans to be questioned by Russian authorities.

Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzGOP shrugs off dire study warning of global warming Dems to force health care vote weeks before Nov. midterms This week: Rosenstein set to meet with House GOP MORE (D-Hawaii) promised McFaul that he and other lawmakers would support him.

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports EPA chief calls racist Facebook post he liked ‘absolutely offensive’ Senate sends bill regulating airline seat sizes to Trump MORE (D-Mass.) warned that Russia was attempting to "create an equivalence" between McFaul and the 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted last week for allegedly interfering in the 2016 election.

"America does not expose our nation’s ambassadors to this kind of harassment. Period. Trump must not even consider this," Markey tweeted.

Rep. Loyd Doggett (D-Texas) echoed Markey's concerns, adding that Trump's consideration of the offer "shows how far into Putin's pocket he's fallen."