House Foreign Affairs 2019: Trump-Investigating Subcommittee

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House Foreign Affairs 2019: Trump-Investigating Subcommittee

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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:47 am

National Review
Top House Dem. to Replace Anti-Terrorism Subcommittee with Trump-Investigating Subcommittee

Representative Eliot Engel, who recently assumed chairmanship of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, revealed in a recent interview that he has chosen to shutter an anti-terrorism subcommittee to redirect resources he believes would be better spent investigating President Trump.

There “wasn’t a great clamor,” to maintain the post-9/11 terrorism subcommittee, Engel told The New Yorker in an interview published Friday. “We just thought, if we’re going to do something relevant in this era where Congress is going to reassert itself, where there are so many questionable activities of this Administration vis-à-vis foreign policy, that it made sense to have this.”

Rather than prioritize hearings on major geo-political developments and how they will affect American alliances, Engel said he wants, first and foremost, to investigate whether Trump has shaped his foreign policy in order to appease Russian president Vladimir Putin, who many believe holds some kind of leverage over him.

“It’s been many months since Helsinki, and we still don’t know what Putin and Trump talked about,” Engel said, referencing Trump’s bilateral meeting with the Russian strongman last year and the subsequent press conference, during which Trump appeared to accept Putin’s denial of election meddling over the assessment of American intelligence agencies.

Engel also vowed to examine the president’s overseas business dealings and whether they have “affected what he’s done in foreign policy.”
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Re: House Foreign Affairs 2019: Trump-Investigating Subcommittee

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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:28 pm

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Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. U.S. officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.

The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries.

As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference. ...

Senior Democratic lawmakers describe the cloak of secrecy surrounding Trump’s meetings with Putin as unprecedented and disturbing.

Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in an interview that his panel will form an investigative subcommittee whose targets will include seeking State Department records of Trump’s encounters with Putin, including a closed-door meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki last summer.



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Re: House Foreign Affairs 2019: Trump-Investigating Subcommittee

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Post by Kendra » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:31 pm

Sunday morning talk shows should be fun :popcorn:



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