Dem senator: House committee 'should be looking into' Trump meetings with foreign leaders

Dem senator: House committee 'should be looking into' Trump meetings with foreign leaders
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Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenators introduce bipartisan bill restricting police use of facial recognition tech Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Bill Gates visits Capitol to discuss climate change with new Senate caucus MORE (D-Del.) on Monday said he would encourage House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation House Democrats pull subpoena for ex-Trump national security official MORE (D-N.Y.) to look into how President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE conducts meetings with foreign heads of state in the wake of a report that the president has concealed the details of his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Coons said in an appearance on CNN's "New Day" that a Washington Post report that Trump has gone as far as to withhold notes from an interpreter at a meeting with Putin is "very concerning," but added that it is not conclusive of misconduct on its own.

"On this specific question about how our president conducts meetings with foreign heads of state, I do think Chairman Engel in the House should be looking into this," said Coons, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  

"What concerns me is that when he’s met with other heads of state, he has followed more traditional protocol. ... With Russia he hasn’t done that," Coons said.

 

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump has kept details of his meetings with Putin from top officials in his administration, including withholding notes from an interpreter. 

The report came a day after The New York Times reported that the FBI was so concerned about Trump’s firing of former bureau chief James Comey that it opened an inquiry into whether the president was working on behalf of Russian interests.

The White House has dismissed the reports as “inaccurate” and defended Trump’s record on Russia, while the president called the stories “insulting” and “ridiculous.”