Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday rejected an attempt by the committee’s Democrats to force the release of documents related to President Donald Trump’s private sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, The Hill reports.
Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., introduced a resolution in late July that would have insisted on obtaining “copies of every document, record, communication, transcript, summary, note, memorandum, and read-ahead” surrounding the president’s summit with Putin.
Democrats pressed Republicans on the panel to advance the measure to the House for a full debate, but the committee effectively killed it on a party-line vote.
“We’ll never forget the bizarre press conference, but it is Trump and Putin’s secretive one-on-one meeting in Helsinki behind closed doors that is especially 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,” Boyle said.
Trump’s meeting was criticized by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, specifically because he questioned the credibility of the FBI and U.S. intelligence regarding Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said he believed Putin instead. Trump later backtracked on his comments.