Dems call for release of Strzok interview transcript

Dems call for release of Strzok interview transcript
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Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTop Dem demands info on White House decision to revoke Brennan's clearance Federal judge dismisses Dem lawsuit over Trump hotel in DC Cummings: Trump has 'got to be better' about condemning racism MORE (Md.) demanded on Wednesday that Republicans release the full unclassified transcript of FBI agent Peter Strzok’s interview before Congress.

The two Democrats made the demand after GOP lawmakers repeatedly asked Strzok about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s probe.

Nadler and Cummings, the ranking members of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, respectively, claimed that Republican lawmakers had broken their past promises to not interfere with Mueller’s probe by questioning Strzok about the investigation.

The lawmakers said that Republicans asked more than 200 questions about Mueller and the FBI’s probes into Russia's election interference, and more than 30 questions about Strzok’s conversations with Mueller and his team.


They said the Republicans asked less than five questions about Russia's election interference in 2016, and no questions about possible Russian meddling in the midterms or any discussions between Trump and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump planning on revoking more security clearances: report Trump escalates feud with intelligence officials Steve Schmidt: Trump revoking Brennan's clearance shows his 'autocratic fetish' MORE on ending or interfering the Russia probe.

The lawmakers also included some of the questions asked of Strzok by Republicans on the committees, including Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHill.TV poll: Majority of Republicans say Trump best represents the values of the GOP Meadows says FBI made 'right' decision firing Strzok Republicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report MORE (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDepartment of Education launches investigation into OSU sexual abuse allegations Jordan: More Obama-era officials should lose security clearances Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE (R-Ohio) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Jim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier MORE (R-Utah).

Meadows asked if Strzok had in July received “any information from confidential human sources given to you as it relates to the Russia investigation?,” according to the Democrats.

Jordan asked questions surrounding the so-called Steele dossier, including if Strzok had spoken with the dossier’s author Christopher Steele or Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.

And Gowdy asked if Strzok was a supporter of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPapadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report FBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Senate Intel chief slams ex-CIA director for timing of claims about Trump-Russia ties MORE during the 2016 election.

“This investigation is a political charade—a platform to elevate far-right conspiracy theories and undermine the Special Counsel’s ongoing criminal investigation of the President and his campaign aides, which has already produced five guilty pleas and criminal charges against 23 individuals and entities," Nadler said in a statement.

Cummings said in a statement that the Republicans' questions of Strzok demonstrate "that their investigation has become exactly that—an attempt to obstruct Special Counsel Mueller’s work and act as President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE’s defense counsel."

Strzok, who was removed from Mueller's probe after it was revealed he sent anti-Trump text messages, testified before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees last month.

Former FBI agent Lisa Page, who had an affair with Strzok and exchanged texts with him regarding Trump, did not appear for interviews with lawmakers on Wednesday after receiving a congressional subpoena to testify before the same two committees.

Her attorney pushed back against claims that Page was defying the subpoena, saying she was unable to review paperwork necessary to her testimony and that a new time for a interview would be arranged.