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 MarkeyUS must act as journalists continue to be jailed in record numbers Warren proposes 'Blue New Deal' to protect oceans There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D) on Wednesday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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 PompeoKobach has lead in Kansas Senate race unless Pompeo enters: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by AdvaMed — House panel delays impeachment vote until Friday Senate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial 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 PascrellHouse panel votes to temporarily repeal SALT deduction cap On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday House panel to consider temporarily repealing SALT deduction cap MORE (D-N.J.) wrote to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week.

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA Senate panel advances Turkey sanctions bill despite Trump 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.