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House Democrats request information on Trump-Putin talks

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The heads of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees sent letters Monday to Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, requesting documents and interviews related to communications between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Why it matters: Trump sought to hide details of his conversations with Putin from his own administration officials, according to a report earlier this year by the Washington Post. Democrats' majority in the House now gives them the power to attempt to access more documents about Trump's meetings with Putin, including at last year's controversial summit in Helsinki, which has long been a priority for party leaders like House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff.

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.

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