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Grassley: Chances of getting voluntary interview with Kushner 'have been shot'

Grassley: Chances of getting voluntary interview with Kushner 'have been shot'
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyNumber of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports Grassley, Cornyn push for Senate border hearing The Hill's Morning Report - GOP pounces on Biden's infrastructure plan MORE (R-Iowa) said he believes the panel's chances of getting a voluntary interview with White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump in talks to partner with apps to create social media network: report Colin Kahl's nomination will be a disaster for Israel and the region The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - What's happening on the US border MORE "have been shot."

"I had hoped to speak with all the witnesses surrounding the Trump Tower meeting before releasing any of those transcripts," Grassley said Thursday, according to NBC News.

"But the ranking member unilaterally released the transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. That has spooked other potential witnesses."

He added: "As a result, it looks like our chances of getting a voluntary interview with Mr. Kushner have been shot."

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His comments come after Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCaitlyn Jenner exploring bid for California governor: report WokeWorld comes for 'oppressor' Obama: Activists rip school being named after 'deporter in chief' Senators press for answers in Space Command move decision MORE (D-Calif.) earlier this month chose to unilaterally release the transcript from the panel's interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the controversial dossier that alleges links between President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE and Russia.

The Senate Judiciary Committee interviewed Simpson last year about the dossier and Feinstein published the transcript this month.

The 2016 Trump Tower meeting — attended by Trump Jr., Kushner and a group of Russians — has been a focus of the investigations into Russian election interference.

The meeting was attended by a Russian lawyer who reportedly promised Trump Jr. dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly called the meeting "treasonous," according to a recent book published on the Trump White House.