Democrats Want Interpreter's Notes. They Might Be Useless

Marina Gross is suddenly in an unaccustomed spotlight
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2018 9:12 AM CDT
In this July 16 file photo, interpreter Marina Gross takes notes while President Trump talks to Russian Vladimir Putin at the beginning of their one-on-one-meeting in Helsinki, Finland..   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Her name is Marina Gross, and she just happens to be, as the New York Times puts it, the only other American who was in the room when President Trump met with Vladimir Putin. Gross is a longtime State Department interpreter, and Democrats in Congress now want her to testify or at least turn over her notes from that meeting so they can learn what, if any, promises Trump made to Putin. Such a move would be highly unusual, and it remains unlikely for now. The details:

  • Low profile: Not much is known about Gross, except that she is obviously fluent in Russian. USA Today describes her an "experienced, respected interpreter" who works for the branch of the State Department that provides White House interpreters. She has surfaced in White House photos from 2008, when she accompanied first lady Laura Bush to Sochi to visit the Russian Paralympic Team. Last year, a photo showed her next to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a meeting in Moscow.

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