GOP Blocks Trump Translator Testimony

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(Hat tip: @pacelatin)

There is some movement afoot to try to compel testimony from Marina Gross, the only other American in the room with The Russian Usurper during his recent meeting with his boss and KGBFF Vladdy Putin. You know to find out what our Traitor-in-Chief negotiated.

USA TODAY lays out some of the issues:

Much like a doctor or a priest, interpreters and translators are bound by a code of ethics dictating that any privileged or confidential information entrusted to them in the course of the work remain confidential, said Stephanie van Reigersberg, who worked as a State Department interpreter for 32 years before retiring in 2005.

Those examples do not have the weight of law, but they are societal norms, so legally I suppose that someone could subpoena Gross.

But forcing an interpreter to publicly disclose the details of a confidential conversation between world leaders would be unprecedented and perilous, experts say.

“It has never happened in American history,” said Harry Obst, who served as an interpreter for seven presidents. “And if it hasn’t happened in over 200 years, there must be a good reason for it.”

And indeed, there seems to be a good reason to want to do it:

Vladimir Putin told Russian diplomats that he made a proposal to Donald Trump at their summit this week to hold a referendum to help resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but agreed not to disclose the plan publicly so the U.S. president could consider it, according to two people who attended Putin’s closed-door speech on Thursday.

Back to USA TODAY:

Democrats also are demanding that the administration provide more information about any promises that Trump may have made to Putin during their private meeting. With the administration providing few details, many lawmakers are looking to Gross to fill in the blanks and outline what she heard.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., called for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to convene a hearing with Gross “to determine what was specifically discussed and agreed to on the United States’ behalf.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, made a motion during a meeting Thursday for the panel to subpoena Gross – “an extraordinary remedy,” he conceded, but one he said is necessitated by the president’s actions. Republicans on the committee blocked his motion.

And so with that, we will never know what he promised and with news coming out of the Kremlin with more transparency, we have no way to do anything but take Putin’s word for it.

We’re so eff’ed in the dark.

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8 Responses to GOP Blocks Trump Translator Testimony

  1. “It has never happened in American history,” said Harry Obst, who served as an interpreter for seven presidents. “And if it hasn’t happened in over 200 years, there must be a good reason for it.”

    Because in 200 years we’ve never had a treasonous criminal moron for a president meeting alone in the room with the foreign handler adversary who greased said asset’s criminal’s way into power.

    We’ve never needed to do this because we always had , you know, actual Americans working for America in the room, taking notes, so we weren’t forced to accept the words of the other side to find out what was agreed to IN OUR FUCKING NAMES!!!!!

    Mango hued shitgibbon still doesn’t comprehend that HE IS NOT OUR KING! HE IS OUR SERVANT!!!.

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    “Societal Norms”? That is a huge laugh. Please to tell when any precedent has made any difference in the way the Resident acts? All normal behavior and speech is on a whole nother level. Time to wring some truth out of these Traitorous Bastards. And compelling her testimony in hearings is a good a start
    w3ski

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  3. Buttemilk Sky says:

    How hard would it be to insert a “wire tapp” in some trump orifice? Asking for my country.

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  4. AuroraS says:

    Not to be a pedant, but doctors are actually required by law in America to keep medical information confidential under HIPAA. That is all.

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    • MDavis says:

      Oh, sure, until certain goons show up and rifle through his files, removing those concerning certain parties (and ignoring the doctor’s requirement to retain medical records for a minimum time after last seeing any patient).

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      • AuroraS says:

        It was just that Stephanie van Reigersberg had said to USA Today that, “Much like a doctor or a priest, interpreters and translators are bound by a code of ethics dictating that any privileged or confidential information entrusted to them in the course of the work remain confidential,” and I was nitpicking, because doctors are not just bound by ethics, but also by law in the US to protect patient confidentiality. Even carelessly leaving information around where it could possibly be stolen is against the law and the doctor could possibly lose their license over it. #TheMoreYouKnow

        I had a job in which like half of my day was spent faxing medical records to lawyers. The patient would have to sign a specific release form, and the doctor would have to comply within the specified period of time. Since it was usually within the context of a patient filing a lawsuit, I can’t imagine obtaining patient consent was ever an issue. Relevant information can be obtained by a court order.

        That’s sort of a derail. I get what she was saying.

        A better example would probably be like compelling a journalist to reveal a source or information obtained from a source. So the translator probably fucked herself agreeing to get into all this mess. That’s assuming she took part in all of this in good faith. Much fuckery is afoot.

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      • MDavis says:

        I got that, truly I did, that there is a code of ethics beyond simply translating accurately. I am also aware of the HIPAA rules to a degree (there are ethical rules to do with HR and payroll info that are similar, not sure where ethics stops and laws start – never leave a document face up, rule one) but when I read that I couldn’t help picturing that weird looking doctor who spontaneously wrote down what Trump’s minions dictated he write and then suffered a break in with beefier minions, I speculate, grabbed all of Trump’s files and made off with them, thus violating both HIPAA and records retention laws in a single fell swoop.
        It’s just another double standard by these guys. Everyone else should be ethical so that they can violate rules and laws at will. Oh, everyone else should also be “polite” and “nice” so that the goons don’t have to deal with repercussions. I think Miss Manners would have a thing or two to say about what actual politeness is about, but that isn’t really what they care about, is it?
        Also, and totally off topic, that “Girl, you in danger” thing got me thinking about Patrick Swayze. I’ve been resisting commenting on that and the following post, but I have now sinned.

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  5. donnah says:

    Imagine if Obama had shared a private meeting with Putin as Trump did. That translator would have been strapped to a table with a sodium pentathol IV the minute she left the meeting.

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