Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday rejected a motion offered by Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, to subpoena the interpreter present at President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent private meeting.
“It is our motion that the interpreter be subpoenaed to come and testify in closed session before our committee,” Schiff said during a public hearing on China’s threats to American government.
Schiff argued that Trump’s interpreter could have witnessed a key exchange which would shed light on national security matters.
The motion was quickly blocked by the committee’s Republican chairman Devin Nunes.
“I regret that we have to request this in today’s meeting. We requested a business meeting next week, but that request has been declined. This may be our last opportunity before we go into an extended recess to vote to subpoena the interpreter and find out if there are any other national security problems that arose from this meeting,” Schiff continued.
BREAKING: @RepSwalwell and I just made a motion in House Intel Committee to subpoena the American interpreter during the summit — the only witness to Trump’s meeting with Putin. This is an extraordinary remedy, but Trump’s actions necessitate it.
Republicans voted it down.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 19, 2018