Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden threatens more sanctions on Ethiopia, Eritrea over Tigray conflict Senate Democrats to Garland: 'It's time to end the federal death penalty' Hillicon Valley: Cryptocurrency amendment blocked in Senate | Dems press Facebook over suspension of researchers' accounts | Thousands push back against Apple plan to scan US iPhones for child sexual abuse images MORE (D-Del.) on Monday said he would encourage House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelNYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney Democrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department MORE (D-N.Y.) to look into how President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims 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.
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.
"He ran as an unconventional candidate, and he has certainly overperformed in that category ... Yes, I have had significant concerns about what is motivating this unprecedented attitude towards Russia." - Sen. @ChrisCoons on President Trumphttps://t.co/j1bLTX5sDn pic.twitter.com/zkLfvkb5lP— New Day (@NewDay) January 14, 2019
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.”