Rep. Trey Gowdy On Helsinki Summit Fallout

In the wake of President Donald Trump's controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, Democratic members of Congress have called for the interpreter who sat in on the private, two-hour meeting with the two world leaders to answer questions.

Her name is Marina Gross.

Following a bombshell report from the Washington Post over the weekend that said Trump has gone to "extraordinary lengths" to conceal details of his conversations with Putin from senior officials in his administration, there are renewed calls for Gross to testify before lawmakers.

Read more: Trump reportedly hid records of his conversations with Putin from his own administration

Gross, a translator for the State Department, can be seen sitting near Trump in images of the Helsinki, Finland meeting. Putin also had an interpreter at the meeting.

Gross has worked as a translator for the government for years, at least as far back as 2008 when she accompanied former First Lady Laura Bush to Sochi, Russia as her interpreter. She was also seen alongside former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow in April 2017.

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Trump's flip-flop on Russian election meddling

The decision to meet with Putin alone was broadly criticized, as the president's opponents felt he could not be trusted to speak privately with the Russian leader.

This view has been compounded by Trump's performance during a press conference with Putin in which he appeared to side with the Russian leader over the US intelligence community on the subject of Russian election interference. At the time, Trump said he didn't see "any reason" why Russia would interfere in the US electoral process, contradicting conclusions from US intelligence agencies as well as recent statements from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Source : https://www.businessinsider.com/meet-marina-gross-the-translator-for-the-trump-putin-helsinki-meeting-2018-7

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