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House Democrats take steps to obtain notes from Trump-Putin meetings

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Donald Trump sits opposite Russian President Vladimir Putin during lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photo: Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) have met with the House general counsel to discuss legal options for finding out the contents of President Trump's one-on-one meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Politico reports.

Why it matters: The Washington Post reported last month that Trump has repeatedly sought to conceal the details of his face-to-face conversations with Putin from senior officials in his own administration — even going as far as to confiscate notes from his own interpreter and instruct them not to discuss the contents of the conversation. The meetings will be one of many investigative priorities for House Democrats, who were blocked by Republicans in their attempts to subpoena Trump's interpreter while in the minority.

Trump suspects Adam Schiff is poaching White House staffers

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President Trump has accused House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff of hiring former White House and National Security Council staffers to investigate his administration, Bloomberg and CNN report.

The big picture: Former National Security Council staffer Abigail Grace left the White House last year and now works for the committee, while a second White House employee is reportedly considering doing the same, according to Bloomberg. Trump tweeted Thursday that he thinks the Democrat-controlled committees in the House are "stealing people who work at the White House," but a House Intelligence aide disputed that characterization to CNN. The aide said that while the committee has hired staff with experience on the NSC, no recent hire has come directly from the White House.

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