"We do not know what the truth is because no one was in the room when it happened," said Mr. Menendez.
Especially in the blurb, Mr. Pompeo will tell the committee that the President accepts the findings that the Russian cyberattacks were taking place and that he "has a complete and correct understanding of what has happened." Mr. Trump will insist on respecting the work of the secret services – a notion that the President doubted in Helsinki when he said he had to weigh his allegations about electoral interference against Mr. Putin's strong denial. Pompeo also wants to "provide evidence that President Trump will hold Russia accountable if warranted", including imposition of sanctions, expulsion of diplomats and closure of a consulate, and provision of weapons for Ukraine, where the military opposes Russia Fighting (1
More than a week has passed since Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin met in Helsinki, but lawmakers still want answers to basic questions: What did they talk about? What, if anything, was agreed?
Mr. Trump was only accompanied by an interpreter at the meeting. Exactly what has been said on issues such as Ukraine and Syria, as well as Russian interference in the 2016 elections in the United States remains a mystery. Mr. Trump's conflicting statements since then have not helped.
Mr. Pompeo did not attend the meeting, but is expected to shed light on the secret discussion.
"Each committee member will have an opportunity to grill him to find out what happened in this meeting," Corker said last week
"I'm looking forward to doing the same," he added. "I do not know what happened."
The meeting was "incredibly important," says Pompeo. Pompeo said Tuesday that he spoke to Mr. Trump about the meeting in Helsinki, and he also spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
"The President was aware of some of the things that had been agreed upon, Mr. Pompeo said, calling the meeting" incredibly important "and one" from which the world will have benefited, if history
If he does testify, Mr. Pompeo will most likely object to the President arguing that the Trump government is the fact that Russia, despite other criticisms, has been tough on Russia.
"We're going to be over a lot Saying things, including the relationship between the United States and Russia, "he said, adding," I think one of the things that is lost is the determination that this government has made against the evil behavior of Russians around the world , "
These steps include, according to a senior government official, a new statement Wednesday to formally clarify that the Trump administration does not do so recognizing the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. Most international and international organizations – including the United States States, Europe, the United Nations and NATO – do not acknowledge that Russia has occupied the Ukrainian Penins Ula.
The Trump Administration has repeatedly said in the past that it does not recognize Crimea as part of Russia, but Lord Trump said during the presidential campaign in 2016 that he would consider accepting the annexation, and after the meeting in Helsinki, the Russian ambassador to the United States said that the presidents had privately discussed the possibility of a referendum to determine the future of Ukraine But a White House spokesman for the National The Security Council rejected such a referendum and said it had "no legitimacy".
A Trump critic is back in the limelight.
Among the republican MPs, Mr. Corker was one of the most honest when he spoke critically about Mr. Trump. The Wednesday hearing will give Mr Corker a platform to assess some of the President's recent actions on the world stage.
It is expected that he will free himself from some disapproving thoughts. Corker was visibly sad after Mr. Trump offered harsh words to NATO allies this month. And after Mr. Trump arrived in Helsinki, Mr. Corker guessed openly that Mr. Putin was celebrating with caviar
. Corker, who does not seek re-election and is therefore less prosecuted for criticizing the president, indicated that he would not hold back when Mr. Pompeo appeared before his committee.
"I will not resign anyone on this panel about what happened at NATO in Helsinki," Corker said.
Senators are pushing for new sanctions.
Asking for answers to what happened during the Trump Putin meeting, legislators have also talked about taking additional measures to counteract Russian aggression.
Look in the Senate negotiation for a discussion on what concrete steps Congress could take on this front.
On Tuesday, Mr. Menendez and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republicans of South Carolina, have outlined legislation preparing to impose new sanctions on Russia.
The additional sanctions, the Senators said in a joint statement, "should ensure the maximum impact on the Kremlin campaign", we gain our democracy and the rule-based international order.
There is also the question of North Korea.
Just six weeks ago, Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Mr. Menendez said last week that the panel had originally requested that Mr. Pompeo talk about the North Korea summit meeting, which took place in Singapore in June, seems to be debating.
Expect a theme to appear as well.
"Is America Safer from the North Korea Threat? "Asked Mr. Menendez." We have no idea. "
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