The Kremlin said Monday that transcripts of calls between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin can only be published by mutual agreement.
The White House has severely limited the distribution of memos with details about Trump's calls with foreign leaders, including Putin.
Asked for Congress & # 39; insist on the publication of Putin-Trump calls, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov replied that & # 39; the publication is only possible in mutual consultation & # 39 ;.
& # 39; If we receive signals from the US, we will consider it & # 39 ;, he said in a conference call with reporters.
Peskov noted that the diplomatic practice does not envisage such publications, and added that the issue is internal trade in the US.
The rough transcript of Trump & # 39; s call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, released by the White House, is now the focus of an American impeachment probe. It showed that Trump urged Ukraine to investigate his & # 39; s democratic political rival Joe Biden.
The Congress is determined to access Donald Trump's calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured together at the Summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017)
Democrats in Congress are determined to gain access to Trump & # 39; s calls with Putin and other world leaders, said the US House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday, citing concerns that the Republican President would endanger national security can bring.
& # 39; I think the greatest need here is to protect the national security of the United States and see if the president, in conversations with other world leaders and especially with Putin, also undermined our security in a way he thought that it would benefit him personally campaign, & said Democrat Adam Schiff on NBC & # 39; s Meet the Press.
Congress is investigating a whistleblower complaint that said Trump was requesting a political favor from the Ukrainian president to help him be re-elected for a second term next year. Democrats say that Trump's actions have endangered national security and the integrity of the US election.
The whistleblower's complaint cited a telephone conversation in which Trump asked President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden, a leader among democrats who wanted to challenge Trump in 2020, and his son Hunter. Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
The phone call on July 25 came shortly after the United States had frozen nearly $ 400 million in aid to Ukraine, giving cause for concern that Trump was using Congress-approved taxpayers' money as leverage for his personal political gain.
The complaint said that White House lawyers pointed out that an electronic summary of the call should be moved from the place where such things are usually kept to a secret server that is reserved for secret cases.
& # 39; If those conversations with Putin or with other world leaders are stored in the same electronic file intended for covert action, not meant for this, if there is an attempt to hide and hide them, yes we are determined to find out to come, & Schiff said on NBC.
Schiff did not say whether he intended to call up that information. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Schiff's statement that he wanted access to the call summaries. & # 39;
& # 39; I think the greatest need here is to protect the national security of the United States & # 39 ;, said Democrat Adam Schiff at NBC & # 39; s Meet the Press
The Ukrainian scandal cast a shadow over Trump's presidency just months after the conclusion of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as to whether the Trump campaign worked with Russia to help him win the 2016 presidential election.
That investigation concluded that Moscow was conducting a social media and propaganda campaign to place Trump in the White House. The Mueller report, issued in April, made numerous contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, but found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy.
The Ukraine case prompted Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open an investigation into allegations against Trump on Tuesday.
Polls show an increase in support for Trump & # 39; s accusation last week, and Democrats say they think voters are turning their way. Republican leaders maintaining the investigation will backfire.
Trump says there was nothing wrong with his phone call to the Ukrainian leader and condemned the whistleblower as a & # 39; political hack & # 39 ;.
White House Advisor Stephen Miller took over the attack on Sunday and accused the whistleblower of being part of a & # 39; deep state & # 39; government conspiracy to stimulate opposition to Trump.
& # 39; I know the difference between a whistleblower and a & # 39; deep state & # 39; agent. This is a & # 39; deep state & # 39; operative pure and simple, & # 39; he said to & # 39; Fox News Sunday & # 39 ;.
Trump's Republican supporters in Congress defended the President's actions in Sunday's TV news programs. & # 39; I have zero problems with this call, & # 39; said Senator Lindsey Graham on CBS & # 39; & # 39; Face the Nation. & # 39;
The whistleblower's complaint was considered credible by the Inspector General of the American Intelligence Community and the Acting Director of the National Intelligence Service told the legislator that the person & # 39; in good faith & # 39; has acted and & # 39; has done the right & # 39 ;.
The intelligence committee has reached agreement with the whistleblower to appear before the panel, Schiff told ABC & # 39; s & # 39; This Week & # 39 ;. Schiff said he hoped it would happen soon.
Lawmakers worked out logistics to protect the identity of the person and obtain security clearance for lawyers representing the whistleblower. A person close to the whistleblower said on Sunday that many problems still needed to be solved.
House commissions issued a summons to State Secretary Mike Pompeo on Friday for documents concerning contact with the Ukrainian government. They have also planned deposits for five officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Schiff said that the personal attorney of Trump, former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, seemed to lay the foundation for Trump's appeal to Zelenskiy through his efforts to encourage the Ukrainian authorities to investigate the Biden family.
Schiff told ABC that his committee would decide whether Giuliani would testify after the investigation has worked out details of his involvement.
Giuliani said on Sunday that he would testify with Trump & # 39; s approval.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW? THE VERY COMPLEXED STEPS INVOLVED IN TAKING DONALD TRUMP
Nancy Pelosi announcing a formal investigation into allegations is just the start of an epic legal and constitutional clash.
Here's how deposition goes from here.
1) Investigations are being stepped up
Six commissions now have the role of Pelosi to investigate Donald Trump with the intention of deciding whether he will be dropped. They are the House Law, Supervision, Intelligence, Roads and Resources, Financial Services and Foreign Affairs committees. They will now probably all issue a fit of summons that will certainly lead to a new one:
2) Court battle over subpoena – which could go to the Supreme Court
The Trump government has so far resisted subpoenas by claiming executive power and will certainly continue to do so. Federal judges are already dealing with subpoenas cases before Trump's tax and financial administration, and many more are likely to follow. But the courts have never set the limits of privilege and whether an investigation into accusations actually gives Congress more power to overcome it. If Trump fights as hard as he can, it will probably find its way to the Supreme Court. Expected in the meantime:
3) More hearings
Democrats know they have to convince the public that Trump should be tried, and the best way to do that is to hear hearings like the ones that sparked the nation at Watergate. They ruined the Mueller hearing, but when they produce question and answer sessions with people from the Trump world who cause public outrage, they are on their way to:
4) Draw up formal accusation articles in the committee
On the accusation form for deposition – the & # 39; articles & # 39; – state that Trump is formally accused of. It is not a fixed format – it can be as long or as short as Congress decides. Three such articles were prepared – for Andrew Johnson on 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Johnson & # 39; s were the most extensive at 11, Nixon faced three and Bill Clinton four, but with a series of numbered indictments in every article. Once established, the Judicial Committee votes on them and, if approved, sends them to the Chamber for:
5) Full vote on deposition
The Constitution says that Parliament needs a simple majority to go on, but has to vote on each article. Nixon stopped for such a vote, so Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only precedent. The house passed two of the three articles against Clinton and all 11 against Johnson. Passing even just one article leads to:
6) Senate deposition process
Even if the senate is clearly not in favor of removing the president, he or she must go to court if the Parliament votes for expulsion. The hearing does not stand for the full senate, but for & # 39; evidence committees & # 39; – in theory at least comparable to the existing senate committees. The Supreme Court of the Supreme Court presides, but the procedures are determined by senators. Members of the House prosecute Trump as & # 39; managers & # 39 ;, bring witnesses and present evidence to explain their case against the president. The president can defend himself or, as Clinton did, use lawyers to interview the witnesses. The committee or committees report to the entire senate. Then it can debate in public or deliberate privately about the guilt or innocence of the president. It has one open voice that delivers the following:
7) The judgment
Accusation must take place for two-thirds of the senate. Voting for an article to be accused is good enough to put the president out of office. There is no appeal.
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