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 CummingsDems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Rep. Cummings: Will Kavanaugh take lie detector test and ask for FBI investigation? Graham to renew call for second special counsel 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.

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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 ComeyWhy must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?   Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Trump to meet with Rosenstein on Thursday 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 MeadowsHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Republicans threaten to subpoena Nellie Ohr MORE (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRosenstein faces Trump showdown On The Money: 0B more in Trump tariffs kick in | China calls off trade talks | CEO confidence slips over tariffs | GOP to move spending bill over Trump concerns | Behind the scenes look at how the GOP tax law passed Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors MORE (R-Ohio) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse panel signals Russia probe document dump before midterms Rosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Gowdy: Declassified documents unlikely to change anyone's mind on Russia investigation 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 Clinton2016 pollsters erred by not weighing education on state level, says political analyst Could President Trump's talk of a 'red wave' cause his supporters to stay home in midterms? Dem group targets Trump in M voter registration campaign: report 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 TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown 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.