Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Manchin says no; White House fires back House Democrats find drug companies 'unjustified' in price hikes Your must-read holiday book list from members of Congress 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 (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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 ComeyHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems' best hope Trump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion 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 MeadowsHannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks MORE (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to sit for interview Rand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN Sunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head MORE (R-Ohio) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy 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 ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat 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 TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case 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.