BREAKING: White House Rejects Putin's Request to Interrogate Americans

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Posted: Jul 19, 2018 2:25 PM
BREAKING: White House Rejects Putin's Request to Interrogate Americans

The White House officially rejected a proposal from Russian President Vladimir Putin to interrogate Americans in exchange for the 12 Russian agents indicted last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

“It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it. Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday afternoon. 

The proposal came during President Trump's summit with Putin in Helsinki. 

During the daily briefing Wednesday, Sanders said the idea hadn't been ruled out. 

"He said it was an interesting idea.  He didn't commit to anything.  He wants to work with his team and determine if there's any validity that would be helpful to the process.  But again, we've committed to nothing.  And it was an idea that they threw out," Sanders said.

One of the Americans Putin wants is former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. The consideration of the idea sparked severe backlash.