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

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is demanding Republicans convene a public hearing on any deal made between President Trump 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 Mueller; 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 Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters on Tuesday that he is hoping Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next week, though his appearance hasn’t been confirmed.

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