Schumer demands public hearing on what Trump ‘might have committed’ to Putin

Schumer demands public hearing on what Trump ‘might have committed’ to Putin
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session Senate holds sleepy Saturday session as negotiators finalize infrastructure deal An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done MORE (D-N.Y.) is demanding Republicans convene a public hearing on any deal made between President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their recent summit in Helsinki.

“Our Republican colleagues need to join us in demanding testimony from the president’s national security team that was in Helsinki and we need to do that immediately ... to assess what President Trump might have committed to President Putin in secret,” Schumer said Tuesday on the Senate floor.

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“You can’t assume anything — but that as weak as he was in public before President Putin, he was even worse in private," Schumer added of Trump. "Why else did he not want anyone else in the room?”

A spokesman for Schumer later said the senator wants Republicans to convene a public hearing and not a closed-door briefing, which typically involves all senators.

The call for a public hearing is one of many demands Schumer is making after the Helsinki summit.

Democrats also want tougher sanctions on Russia; extradition of the 12 Russians indicted last week by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE; and for Republicans to stop publicly criticizing Mueller.

Trump sparked bipartisan backlash on Monday when he refused to denounce Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election during a joint press conference with Putin.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.) told reporters on Tuesday that he is hoping Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week, though his appearance hasn’t been confirmed.