GOP votes down Dem motion to subpoena interpreter from Trump, Putin meeting

GOP votes down Dem motion to subpoena interpreter from Trump, Putin meeting
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Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday rejected a motion to subpoena the interpreter present at President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent private meeting.

The motion was offered by Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCourt filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments House passes annual intelligence bill Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media MORE (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee.

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“It is our motion that the interpreter be subpoenaed to come and testify in closed session before our committee,” Schiff said during a public hearing on China’s threats to American government. 

Schiff argued that the interpreter could have witnessed a key exchange which would shed light on national security matters.

“I regret that we have to request this in today’s meeting. We requested a business meeting next week, but that request has been declined. This may be our last opportunity before we go into an extended recess to vote to subpoena the interpreter and find out if there are any other national security problems that arose from this meeting,” Schiff continued.