Markey: We know more about Trump's talks with Cohen than with Putin

Markey: We know more about Trump's talks with Cohen than with Putin
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Massachusetts Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Energy: US Park Police say 'tear gas' statements were 'mistake' | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats Senate Dems introduce bill to keep pilots and bus and train operators safe MORE (D) on Wednesday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE over the secrecy of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, remarking that the American public knows more about the president's conversations surrounding an ex-Playboy model.

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Markey told CNN on Wednesday before attending the testimony of Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoMurkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump Pepper spray fired during Tiananmen Square memorial in Hong Kong The Hill's 12:30 Report: NYT publishes controversial Tom Cotton op-ed MORE before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that too little is known about Trump's conversation with Putin, which was attended only by translators.

"We know more about the substance of the conversation between Donald Trump and Michael Cohen than we do about the substance of the conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin," he said.

His reference to the conversation between Trump and his former longtime attorney comes after CNN obtained a tape of the two men discussing payments tied to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims to have had an affair with Trump. The payments, which the White House previously denied knowledge of, came weeks before the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, Democrats have called on Congress to subpoena translator Marina Gross, who was the only American besides Trump in the room with Putin during their meeting earlier this month. The lawmakers want her to reveal what was said during the meeting.

"Given the public concessions President Trump made to Russian President Vladimir Putin by siding against the U.S. intelligence community, law enforcement, and our military officials about Russia’s attack on our democracy, Congress and the American public deserve to know the details of their private conversation," Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellDemocrats call for special prosecutor to investigate clearing of protesters outside White House Multiple N.J. homes for veterans see dozens of coronavirus-related deaths Washington Post fact-checks Kimmel on edited Pence video: 'Certainly a phony tale' MORE (D-N.J.) wrote to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week.

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOn The Money: GOP turning against new round of ,200 rebate checks | Millions of Americans frustrated by delayed unemployment checks | Senate votes to give coronavirus relief program more flexibility GOP senator blocks bill giving flexibility to small-business loans but says deal near This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting MORE (D-N.H.), who also sits on the committee with Markey, called on the panel to compel Gross to appear and testify.

"I believe the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should hold a hearing with the American translator who was present during President Trump and President Putin's private meeting to determine what was specifically discussed and agreed to on the United States's behalf," Shaheen said.