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 MarkeyYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey in Senate race amid speculation over Kennedy candidacy House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge MORE (D) on Wednesday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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 PompeoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Pence says US is 'locked and loaded' to defend allies US-Iran next moves — Déjà vu of Obama administration mistakes? 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 PascrellOn The Money: Senate panel scraps vote on key spending bill amid standoff | Democrats threaten to vote against defense bill over wall funding | Trump set to meet with aides about reducing capital gains taxes GOP lawmaker calls for investigation into CNN spy story Ocasio-Cortez renews impeachment call amid probe involving Trump's Scotland property MORE (D-N.J.) wrote to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week.

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats headed for a subpoena showdown with White House Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Defense spending bill advances over Democratic wall objections 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.