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      House Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJuly 24th, 2018

What is it?

This resolution of inquiry would request information and records from the White House and the State Dept. related to the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Specifically, it would request all relevant documents, communications, recordings, transcripts, summaries, notes, memos, and read-aheads.

A resolution of inquiry has privileged status in the House. It would allow the relevant committee 14 legislative days (congressional workdays) to address the inquiry by reporting it favorably to the House floor, reject it, or revise it. If it chooses not to act within that time period, its sponsor could discharge it (meaning it gets pulled out of committee) so that the House as a whole can then vote on it.

Impact

The White House and the State Department; and Congress.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) introduced this resolution to request all materials and documents used by the Trump administration in preparation for and at the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“President Trump’s meeting behind closed doors with Vladimir Putin, and his damaging and bizarre remarks following this secretive meeting, should deeply concern all Americans and move members of Congress of both parties to act. The meeting itself is concerning given Putin’s role interfering in our elections, his ongoing threat to our allies, and President Trump’s failure to confront these concerns with the response they merit. However, the secretive nature of the meeting makes it all the more disturbing, it jeopardizes Congress’ ability to oversee the executive branch and futhers important questions regarding Trump’s relationship with Putin given his interference in our election to the benefit of President Trump.”

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) offered a statement explaining that he opposes this resolution because it “clearly intrudes into judicially recognized areas of executive privilege” despite the fact that he “strongly disagreed with the president’s remarks in Helsinki”:

“This resolution’s broad demand for documents conflicts with the strongest form of executive privilege recognized by the courts - the so-called ‘presidential communications privilege.’ Rooted in the constitutional separation of powers, presidential communications privilege applies to direct decision-making by the president and also protects communications made, solicited or received by his advisors while preparing advice for him. These privileges are at their strongest when they deal with the president’s core constitutional powers, such as the authority to conduct diplomatic discussions with foreign leaders…
By constitutional design, we are not in the room for such discussions. We didn’t demand transcripts of every conversation President Obama had with the Russians, even after an open microphone caught him asking President Medvedev for some ‘space’ on missile defense issues, explaining that he would have ‘more flexibility’ after his November 2012 reelection.”

The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to report this resolution unfavorably on a party-line 23-18 vote.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Kremlin / Public Domain)

Official Title

Requesting the President, and directing the Secretary of State, to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of all documents, records, communications, transcripts, summaries, notes, memoranda, and read-aheads in their possession referring or relating to certain communications between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin.

    If you have nothing to hide then don’t hide anything. We’ve also never had a president that’s a traitor who willfully flouted all protocols, security, customs, and who couldn’t be trusted to appear at a funeral. It’s a new world everyday.
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    🤔 OUR HYPOCRITICAL DEMOCRATS AT IT AGAIN 😂 I’m in agreement of the party-line, 23-18 vote that the House Foreign Affairs Committee had which rejected an effort by Democrats to ask the White House & State Department to turn over all documents related to President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Frankly, it’s none of the Democrats darn business of the Presidential dealings with another foreign leader. Did they question Obamas or Clinton’s dealings with their contacts with other nations leaders. Like it or not but, our Progressive Democrats need to “Mind Their Business” and take care care o their own Business...... HELL NO They didn’t..... SneakyPete..... 9*13*18 .....
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    Do we really have to ask this question? We should demand this information and subpoena the President if necessary. What is the GOP hiding???
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    Congress and the American people should know what our own President discussed with another foreign leader. Apparently, Republicans don’t believe in transparency. They think that it’s okay for our elected leaders to be making policy in smoke-filled rooms and not discuss any of it with the people that they represent.
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    Transparency is needed to ensure national security.
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    Demand, not ask.
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    Trumps meeting alone with Putin is either the dumbest political move in history or proof he's a traitor. We need to know
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    Of course congress needs to know what Trump agreed to when he met with Putin. Trump lies to much to believe a word he says , so they need the documents
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    Pres. Trump has repeatedly shown himself to be untrustworthy. I do not see Congress stepping up and being the check and balance for the Executive branch. We need Transparency! We need to know what our President is doing/saying in our name. COUNTRY above party!!!!
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    Of course. To not know what was said is utterly unacceptable!
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    It astounds me, after all the FACTS have been surfacing with his involvement with Russia, HIS BASE STILL SUPPORTS HIM. I believe Putin has Trump in the palm of his hand. Trump has been supporting a relationship since taking office. So BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. He was probably thanking Putin for helping him win ILLEGALLY!
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    Transparency!
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    If the majority of us (the people) want to see them, then we should be able to see them.
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    It is known as transparency.
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    Absolutely, unequivocally, He does not have the right to treat those talks as private especially given his penchant for and the show immediately after those same talks of his adoration of Putin. Anyone who would consider having Russia question our security and law enforcement personnel cannot be trusted.
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    We need more government transparency.
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    Of course. This is a public office and the man sitting in it is determined to undermine everything that used to make our country great. We must know what happened in this meeting.
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    This should include a requirement for the translator to provide information
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    Most definitely. Of course the we're going to be very transparent was just another lie by Comrade Bone Spurs. Just like he was going to drain the swamp. Guess what, that didn't happen either.
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    His isn’t an autocracy. Based on our Presidents’ bizarre behavior and approach to Russia, Congress and the American people need to know what he has discussed in the one on one meetings with world leaders and whether or not he is operating in accordance with his Oath of Office.
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