WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russian investigators be allowed to query U.S. citizens, together with former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, the White House stated on Thursday.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a gathering with Russian ambassadors and representatives to worldwide organisations in Moscow, Russia, July 19, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
“It is a proposal made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders stated in an announcement. “Hopefully, President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt.”
Putin stated after a summit with Trump in Helsinki on Monday that he is perhaps prepared to let U.S. Justice Department investigators query 12 Russians charged with interfering with the 2016 U.S. election if the United States agreed to let Russian investigators query a number of U.S. citizens.
Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by David Alexander