Freedom Caucus demands release of full Volker transcript

Members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling for the release of the full transcript of former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE’s testimony, arguing it would disprove allegations of a quid pro quo between President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE and Ukraine’s government.

In a letter sent Tuesday to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats introduce bill to set up commission to review coronavirus response Schiff drafting legislation to set up 9/11-style commission to review coronavirus response Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE (D-Calif.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelHillicon Valley: Facebook reports huge spike in usage during pandemic | Democrats push for mail-in voting funds in coronavirus stimulus | Trump delays deadline to acquire REAL ID Lawmakers urge EU to sanction Putin associate for election interference Democrats press Pompeo to help Americans stranded abroad amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMaryland postpones primary over coronavirus fears Maryland governor: 'Simply not enough supplies' on hand to tackle coronavirus Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges MORE (D-Md.), the conservative group argued the select text messages released by Democrats on the committees failed to provide crucial context on the Trump administration’s interactions with Ukraine. 

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Volker testified for nearly ten hours last week on Trump's dealings with Ukraine, which are at the center of Democrats’ decision to move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry. 

“We are concerned that selectively shared information from the deposition fails to provide adequate context for those discussions, to the detriment of both public and Congressional understanding of the Trump Administration's anti-corruption strategy in Ukraine,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) wrote on behalf of the group.

Biggs went on to blast the process Democrats have used as they have accelerated their probe, arguing that a floor vote should have taken place to authorize the formal inquiry.

“Furthermore, given that the deposition took place in the political context of an unauthorized impeachment inquiry, it is inappropriate as a matter of process and fairness that Members be asked to draw conclusions on such grave matters without access to complete information,” he wrote. 

Biggs urged the chairmen to release the transcript by no later than Oct. 18. 

The letter comes shortly after Democrats issued a subpoena for Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland to testify and release documents after he was blocked by the State Department from appearing before Congress on Tuesday.