Ex-ambassador to Russia calls on White House to denounce 'ridiculous' request from Putin to question him

Source: The Hill | July 18, 2018 | Avery Anapol

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul demanded the White House reject the possibility of allowing Russian investigators to question him or other Americans.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during Wednesday’s press briefing that President Trump is open to the possibility, and that he would “meet with his team” about it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a joint press conference with Trump that he would let special counsel Robert Mueller attend the interrogation of 12 Russian intelligence officers charged with interfering in the U.S. election, if Russian investigators were permitted to interrogate people “who have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russia.”

Russian media later reported that the Russian prosecutor general’s office wants to question McFaul and others as part of Russia’s investigation into American financier Bill Browder. 

“I hope the White House corrects the record and denounces in categorical terms this ridiculous request from Putin,” McFaul tweeted Wednesday. “Not doing so creates moral equivalency between a [legitimate] US indictment of Russian intelligence officers and a crazy, completely fabricated story invented by Putin.”

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