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 TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent private meeting.

The motion was offered by Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight Sanders: 'No discussion' of pardoning former Trump aides White House exults on Mueller victory lap 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.