Chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the US Congress Adam Schiff said that Congress is determined to gain access to telephone conversations Donald trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders. Free News reported, citing an interview with Schiff NBC.
The head of the Committee explained the need for access to conversations with fears that Trump could jeopardize US national security. These suspicions arose after a telephone conversation Trump with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, because of which Trump threatens impeachment.
“I think the priority is to protect the national security of the United States and to find out if the President undermined our security in conversations with other world leaders, and in particular with Putin, trying to benefit his [presidential] campaign,” Schiff said.
On September 28, the New York Times reported that the White House had strictly limited the distribution of trump’s conversation protocols with foreign leaders, including Putin and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This was done after several leaks of the content of the conversations to the press, the newspaper writes, citing a former White House employee. Now the conversations are stored in a classified computer system.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov on September 27, expressed the hope that the transcripts of confidential telephone conversations between the leaders of Russia and the United States will not be published. The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that after the scandalous conversation with Zelensky “to call Washington and negotiate became dangerous.”