Top intel chief: I don't know what Trump, Putin discussed in meeting

Top intel chief: I don't know what Trump, Putin discussed in meeting
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Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal MORE said Thursday that he doesn’t know what was said during the private meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

“You’re right, I don’t know what happened in that meeting,” Coats told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell at the Aspen Security Forum.

“I think that as time goes by — the president has already mentioned some things that happened in that meeting — I think we will learn more,” he said, “but that is the president’s prerogative.”


Coats added that he would have advised Trump against meeting one-on-one with Putin, but added “that’s not my role.”

Democrats are demanding to know what Trump and Putin discussed behind closed doors during their nearly two hourlong meeting on Monday.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday voted down a motion from ranking member Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe MORE (D-Calif.) to subpoena the interpreter at the meeting.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that talks are currently taking place for a second meeting this fall between Trump and Putin in D.C.

Mitchell broke the news of the announcement to Coats as they were sitting on stage. The intel chief was apparently caught off guard, responding with a laugh and saying, "That's gonna be special."