Harley Rouda

Harley Rouda introduces resolution to preserve interpreter records in meetings with foreign leaders

This morning, Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) introduced a concurrent resolution in the House of Representatives expressing the sense of Congress that, under the Presidential Records Act, it is imperative to preserve all records relating to the President’s meetings with foreign leaders.

Said Rouda, “At the 2017 G20 summit, President Trump took the unprecedented step of taking possession of his interpreter’s notes, and instructing her not to discuss details of the meeting with other administration officials. This extraordinary attempt to keep the contents of this conversation forever a secret is an affront to the principle of public ownership of presidential records.”

President Trump also met privately with Vladimir Putin at the July 2018 Helsinki summit for more than two hours without the presence of aides or notetakers, accompanied only by their respective interpreters. For decades, presidential administrations have maintained detailed records regarding meetings with foreign leaders, ranging from President Eisenhower’s conversations with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to President Clinton’s phone calls with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Harley Rouda.