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Some in Congress Demand Trump Transcripts

by Countable | 5.17.17

Democrats are intensifying their calls for an independent prosecutor to take over the Russian investigation, especially in light of reports that President Trump divulged classified intelligence to top Russian officials. And now Democrats are calling on their Republican colleagues to subpoena a transcript of the president’s meeting with senior Russian officials. Democrats, though, are in the minority so all they can do is apply public pressure.

“We are hoping that our Republican colleagues rise to the occasion,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday. He says the allegations that Trump was openly discussing classified information with Russian officials are worrisome and could affect U.S. relationships across the globe.

“All of that is extremely troubling. The damage that’s done, even though the president has the right to declassify, remains just as strong.”

But Republican leaders aren’t budging, as they continue to reject calls for a special prosecutor to get involved in the case.

“The Intelligence Committee, I think, has already requested additional information. I have a lot of confidence in Chairman Burr and Senator Warner to handle that whole matter perfectly,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at his weekly press conference.

But the heads of the investigation say it’s increasingly hard to do their job, because the scope of their investigation seems to keep broadening.

“It does seem every week we end up with more questions than we do answers,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) told Countable. He’s the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee which is leading the Russia investigation. Warner says the new charges against Trump are unsettling if they prove true.

“When you’re talking about sources and methods, when you’re talking about potentially compromising a relationship with an ally, that’s troubling to say the least.”

Even some Republicans are pushing their party leaders to broaden the investigation. “The dust is still settling. We’re still waiting to make sure that the reporting was accurate,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told Countable.

“But exactly what was communicated to them is unknown – there’s talk of transcripts that might be available. And, obviously, if there are transcripts, we’ll want to see them.”

Do you think Trump should share transcripts of his private meetings with Russian officials? Contact your lawmaker and let them know what you think!

-- Matt Laslo

(Photo Credit: The White House)

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  • Tabitha
    05/17/2017
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    Protect our country by demanding transcripts as well as an investigation. Stop impeding the people's will and stand up for what is right.

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  • Kim
    05/17/2017
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    As Max Boot says, "We will find out soon who in Congress believes in the Republican Party and who believes in the Republic." Come on GOP, now is the time to find your conscience.

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  • James
    05/17/2017
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    If there's nothing to hide, there should be no issue producing the transcripts. It's not like it's a birth certificate.

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  • Carole
    05/17/2017
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    Why would I trust Mitch McConnell to do anything that would be of benefit to our country? I think he stands with his party above country.

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  • Brian
    05/17/2017
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    Get a backbone and do what is right for once and do what the American people want trump and his vice and cabinet must go

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  • Timothy
    05/17/2017
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    Did Donald Trump promise transparency about his actions if he became president? Let's see his transparency by making the transcripts of the infamous White House meeting with the Russians last week public. One needs an assurance that any transcripts are truthful records of the actual conversations. We certainly do not want "fake transcripts'!

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  • Steve
    05/17/2017
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    If other countries are willing to supply their version of meetings with our government, why isn't our government willing to share? These are organized crime tactics. Please push to monitor this loose cannon in the White House.

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  • OlderNWiser
    05/17/2017
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    If the ostensible POTUS is doing no wrong, no harm can be done by releasing his tax records, all information relating to Russian interference in our election and in our country's business. We need independent investigators as Republicans are showing themselves to be wedded to personal profit with no concern whatsoever for the welfare of citizens or the country as a whole. Why is this dictator wannabe still in Office? Are we waiting for total collapse of the Republic before acting? It appears that we're letting him take our freedoms one by one and destroy American credibility internationally by creating constant chaos, scandals, and distractions. Don't normalize a fascist dictatorship take over.

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  • Ray
    05/17/2017
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    If transcripts are available of Trump's recent meeting with the Russian Ambassador and Foreign Minister, then they should be made available upon demand of the Congress. If our congressional leadership genuinely seeks the truth, then there is no good reason to delay obtaining those transcripts.

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  • Mary
    05/17/2017
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    Transcripts, tape recordings, taxes, etc... NOW! Has anyone asked him to simply step down?

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  • Dee
    05/17/2017
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    ASK FIRST: Will you sign the discharge petition for H.R. 356, which calls for an independent investigation into President Trump’s ties to Russian election meddling? If the President asked FBI Director Comey to stop investigating his staff, that’s obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense. The American people are demanding answers, and members of Congress must put country before party to get them.

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  • Linda
    05/17/2017
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    Shame on House and Senate Republicans who put their party dogmatism before their duty to the country! Americans demand an independent counsel to investigate the Trump administration's communications with the Russians.

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  • Perry
    05/17/2017
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    AND RELEASE TAX RETURNS! I think they will shed light on a multitude of sins.

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  • Cynthia
    05/17/2017
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    We demand the truth! Congress needs those transcripts immediately.

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  • Tim
    05/17/2017
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    I hope that you recognize that the American people are disgusted with this situation. The GOP better play this right and grow a backbone.

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  • RishiGandhi
    05/17/2017
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    Demand those transcripts.

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  • Azrael
    05/17/2017
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    We pay all of you why aren't all of you demanding these transcripts? He put an asset in peril Next time it may be out assets Our children our relatives All assets trying to stop terrorist are our brothers Protect them as such Did you forget the poem 1st they came for,,,,

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  • Keith
    05/17/2017
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    Please choose to have an independent panel investigate this. It's too important not to.

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  • Chris
    05/17/2017
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    Please do what you can to get the transcripts released!

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  • Debbie
    05/17/2017
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    I look at all the comments here on Countable, clearly your constituents and the majority of the country want you to protect our country by demanding transcripts as well as an investigation. Stop impeding the people's will and stand up for what is right.

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