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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 SchumerPew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress Former state Rep. Vernon Jones launches challenge to Kemp in Georgia Schumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform MORE (D-N.Y.) is demanding Republicans convene a public hearing on any deal made between President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 CorkerFox News inks contributor deal with former Democratic House member Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain Roy Blunt won't run for Senate seat in 2022 MORE (R-Tenn.) told reporters on Tuesday that he is hoping Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo violated ethics rules, State Dept. watchdog finds Why the US needs to clear the way for international justice Tim Scott to participate in GOP event in Iowa MORE will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week, though his appearance hasn’t been confirmed.