Skip to comments.Guess Which Republican Joined Dems in Demanding Trump's Translator's Notes
Posted on 07/20/2018 9:29:31 AM PDT by Kaslin
Democrats in Congress demanded this week that Marina Gross, the translator in the room with President Trump and President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, come to Washington and tell them what was discussed in the closed-door meeting. Republicans, even anti-Trump ones, are resisting the effort. When House Intelligence Democrats brought the subpoena to a vote, every Republican on the committee voted against it.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explained why subpoenaing the interpreter could set a dangerous precedent. It could be the "last time" the U.S. president ever meet privately with a foreign leader.
"Absolutely not," Lindsey Graham said when asked if he'd support having Marina Gross, the American translator in Trump's meeting with Putin, testify before Congress.
He said that precedent could prevent foreign leaders from wanting to meet with future U.S. presidents privately pic.twitter.com/DqQD7I6HM5— POLITICO (@politico) July 19, 2018
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of Trump's most vocal Republican critics, had to agree.
"I know in this particular case, the person was a direct employee, but if we are going to start getting translator's notes, I think we are moving to a precedent that - unless some crime has been committed - is unprecedented and just not appropriate."
A group of former President Obama and President George W. Bush officials are also under the impression Gross does not need to be grilled on Capitol Hill.
“For the same reasons why we need to protect our own diplomats, there is a real concern about having translators be subject to subpoenas,” said David Mortlock, Obama's director of international economic affairs at the White House National Security Council.
One Republican, however, is siding with the Democrats in their call for Gross to at least turn over her notes. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) argued in a Senate floor speech that Trump's rendezvous with the enemy demands that Congress see what was discussed.
“I would hope that those notes — all interpreters take notes — would be turned over,” he said. “We need to know."
President Trump angered both Republicans and Democrats on Monday by seemingly taking Russia's side over the U.S. intelligence community when asked if Russia had meddled in our elections.
Flake is INSANE...he MUST be a DEMOCRAT! Or he is SO jealous of Trump!
No you don't you flake!
You couldn't read her short-hand anyway.
Flake is only the worst example of Bush League Republican.
There are plenty more.
Their number is far greater than most realize.
We absolutely MUST remove the Bush League Republicans from office and replace them with patriots.
We would not have needed Donald Trump to save US if they were on our side.
Flake, Corker, Hatch, Heller, Alexander, Graham, McCain, Murkowsky, Hoeven, Rubio, Tillis, Burr, Lankford, Gardner, Cornyn, Hyde-Smith, Collins, Sasse, Kennedy, Shelby, Ernst, Blunt, McConnell, Wicker, Portman, Isakson, Johnson, Toomey, Rounds, Capito, Thune, Gaines, Barasso and Enzi are all Bush League Republicans hell bent on making America into North Mexico.
Flake is pondscum
Flake, like his fellow Mormon Moron, Mitt Romney, are determined to sabotage President Trump in every way and any way they can. They are a pair of absolutely worthless f*ckers!
I knew before I even clicked on this that it had to be Flake.
He cannot be gone soon enough.
Flake is preparing to run for President as a Democrat in 2020. He has no chance in hell even as a Democrat, but it will put him in line for a big money talking head job on CNN or MSNBC.
This poor woman the interpreter will now be a target. Damn.
Without a doubt. Most likely jealous of President Trump
Flake is not now nor has ever been a republican other than in name only.
“”””One Republican, however, is siding with the Democrats in their call for Gross to at least turn over her notes.”””””””
I didn’t even have to read the rest to know it was the Flake.
In the future use only the foreign translator. They would not be available to Congress.
My guess was McCain.
If your only choice in November is to vote for a Democrat or a RINO, vote for the RINO. The general election determines if Nancy Pelosi will become Speaker of the House or Chuckie Schumer will become Senate Majority Leader. If the Democrats take over either house of Congress, then nothing on Trump’s agenda will ever make it to the floor for a vote again.
The primary elections are the time for getting rid of RINOs.
Arrogant Narcissist Magic Underwear Jeff, what a predictable @ssh*le. He thought he could damage our great POTUS, but—as expected—he blew himself up instead.
Hey Saint Jeffy, you’d better start submitting job applications—I hear Wal Mart, Big Lots and Dollar Store have openings for graveyard shift stockers. Your days of being a pampered worthless senator are numbered—bwah hah hah hah!!!!!
Sure looks that way and since you are a resident of Arizona you know it.
The Democrats know that she will never testify before Congress but they want to push the issue so that President Trump has to invoke executive privilege. Such an action would be played up as the second coming of Watergate.
Trying to out-McCain McCain.....
What is in the water in Arizona that their GOP Senators are flaming leftists? What a schizophrenic state.
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