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Sen. Joe Manchin to Putin: We'll Ask for Transcript If We Need It

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 01:58 PM

Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday that if he and other Senate Intelligence Committee members want to see Russian President Vladimir Putin's transcript from a meeting his officials had in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, they'll ask him for them.

"If we want your records, if we think we need your records, we'll ask for them," the West Virginia Democrat told MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle. "I'd like to see the American transcripts first. I'd like to know what went on there. I'd like to see those transcripts, and if there's any tapes, to hear them."

Russia, he continued, does "not have the United States of America's best interests at heart," and his committee will not rely on a Russian version of what was said between Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Trump has been accused of sharing sensitive information with Lavrov and Kislyak during a meeting last week at the White House. Putin said on Wednesday that no secrets were passed, and he has the transcript to prove it.

"For anyone to believe that is absolutely absurd," said Manchin. "Do we want to work with them and live in a civilized world with the two most nuclear armed countries in the world, finding a pathway forward without annihilating anyone? Sure. But don't think they're going to help us. That's not their game plan."

Manchin said the United States' intelligence community has the "most intelligent people" he's "ever met, ever been around, ever watched and observed," and he believes in them.

"I know our interaction with other countries, our allies that have fought with us side by side in every war and conflict we've been in, they've been willing to fight, they've shed blood, they've lost lives on our behalf and their behalf for a free world, and we're going to continue to rely on them, too," Manchin continued. "That means the president has to basically respect the intelligence community, the intelligence gathering community that we have around the world and start working with them in a more productive way."

Manchin said he believes his committee will get the transcripts and Comey's memo, and it has subpoena power if it's needed.

"I've been told that former [FBI] Director [James] Comey is willing to come before us," said Manchin. "We've got to figure out in what venue, Stephanie, he's going to come. Is it going to be in an open meeting? That would be great.

A closed classified hearing can follow the open session, the senator said, and "the facts basically should take you where the truth is."

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Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday that if he and other Senate Intelligence Committee members want to see Russian President Vladimir Putin's transcript from a meeting his officials had in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, they'll ask him for them.
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