House lawyers meeting Monday to evaluate subpoenaing Trump’s interpreters

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Lawyers for the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees will meet Monday to evaluate their legal options for subpoenaing the interpreters who were present when President Donald Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin without aides, ABC News has learned.

A senior Democratic aide on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said the Washington Post’s new reporting that Trump seized notes from the interpreter at his meeting with Putin in Hamburg, “has changed the calculus.”

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018 prior to Trumps and Putins one-on-one meeting in the Finnish capital.Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018 prior to Trump’s and Putin’s one-on-one meeting in the Finnish capital.more +

“This raises a new host of questions,” the aide told ABC News. “We’re looking into the legal implications of that, and we’ll discuss our options. Our lawyers are sitting down with intel committee lawyers to hash it out.”

The Hill source cautioned that they are not drafting subpoenas, but instead reviewing the best way forward and which committee would submit the request, should they decide to make it. The source told ABC News that a committee vote is still weeks away.

PHOTO: Donald Trump, left, and Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Donald Trump, left, and Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.

In the days following the Helsinki summit in July, when Trump sat down with Putin and only their interpreters, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee filed a motion to subpoena the U.S. interpreter, but it was quickly shot down by Republicans.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff tweeted his interest on Sunday in reopening those efforts.

“Last year, we sought to obtain the interpreter’s notes or testimony, from the private meeting between Trump and Putin,” Schiff tweeted. “The Republicans on our committee voted us down. Will they join us now? Shouldn’t we find out whether our president is really putting “America first?” :source, Abcnews

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