Tillerson traveled to Capitol Hill, where he met with Democrat Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel, and Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, the former top diplomat's diplomat in the State Department. However, it is clear that Tillerson's trip to Capitol Hill was a surprise to many in Washington, even to some members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
In an interview with CBS News in December 2018, Tillerson called President Trump "undisciplined."
"As the President said," Here's what I want to do and here's how I want to do it. "And I would have to tell him," Well, Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can not do it that way, it's against the law, it's against the contract, "he said Time
The meeting on Tuesday takes place as House Democrats try to use their power as a majority party to conduct various oversight investigations on Trump's financial affairs and foreign policy decisions.
Democratic lawmakers in particular have expressed interest in finding out more about Trumps Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin ̵
In January CNN confirmed that Trump after a meeting with Putin in Hamburg 2017, the notes of the interpreter and told him not to share the discussion with everyone else, according to a former State Department official at the time of the meeting in Hamburg.
High-ranking White House and State officials working on Russian issues asked for records of the meeting and did not receive them, the source said.
Another former State Department official said Tillerson did not read the meeting to US Ambassador to the region at the time. The source said that "Tillerson played fairly close to his chest at all meetings", and this was no different.