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 CummingsHouse Dems renew push for government contractor back pay Cummings demands ex-Fox News reporter share information on Stormy Daniels payments The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP 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 says public can see Mueller report Anderson Cooper blasts Trump over McCain attacks: 'He's punching a person who is dead' Clyburn: Trump and family 'greatest threats to democracy' in lifetime 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 MeadowsJordan, Meadows backed by new ads from pro-Trump group: report Trump keeps tight grip on GOP Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons MORE (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan, Meadows backed by new ads from pro-Trump group: report Jordan jokes that sport coats inhibit him during heated hearings Attorney previously in contact with Cohen pushes back on pardon narrative to CNN MORE (R-Ohio) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyTop Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview Gowdy calls congressional hearings like Cohen's 'utterly useless' The family secret Bruce Ohr told Rod Rosenstein about Russia case 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 ClintonTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent Kellyanne Conway: 'I think my gender helps me with the president' 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 TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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.