"That’s the question that I’ve asked, ‘Is there any precedent for this?’ We’ve not been able to find that just yet," Nauert said. "I can tell you there is no formal requests to have the interpreter appear before any congressional committees at this point. Overall, as a general matter, you know, we always seek to work with Congress."
Several US lawmakers want the individual who interpreted President Donald Trump’s recent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to testify before US Congress.
On Monday, Trump and Putin held their first ever full-fledged meeting in Helsinki's presidential palace. The meeting lasted for nearly four hours, with a one-on-one discussion that lasted over two hours, followed by a dinner with the two leaders' advisers. Trump sparked bipartisan ire for failing to press Putin on election-meddling allegations.
Russian officials have repeatedly rejected accusations of interfering in US internal affairs including the 2016 presidential election. Moscow said the unfounded charges by US lawmakers and media are designed to demonize Russia and distract from pressing domestic issues.