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— Tengrain the Covfefe Boy (@Tengrain) July 20, 2018
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.