Senate Judiciary Committee to release additional Trump Tower transcripts

Senate Judiciary Committee to release additional Trump Tower transcripts

The Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to release the remaining transcripts from its interviews with people present at an infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting. 

Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump mulling visit to ethanol refinery later this month: report Nursing home care: A growing crisis for an aging America  MORE (R-Iowa) wrote to ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general This week: Democrats, White House set for infrastructure, budget talks MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday asking for a timeline for the release of the full testimonies from six witnesses interviewed by the committee. 

The committee will release transcripts from six individuals present at the meeting, including the testimony of Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDonald Trump Jr. inks book deal Cohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report MORE, who organized the meeting with a Russian lawyer in an effort to gather damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE

The chairman said in the letter that the committee should also consider the possible use of compulsory process to summon witnesses to hearings, following the release of the testimonies. 

Grassley called on the panel to release the testimonies earlier this month, saying that the committee's work in interviewing the witnesses was "complete," and that there was no reason for the public not to have access to the testimonies. 

“I will say it again. The American people deserve the whole story," Grassley said in a statement. "That includes whether there was improper influence from any side, in any investigation, surrounding the 2016 election. My Democratic colleagues, unfortunately, seem to be only interested in one point of view, but I hold out hope they will support me in these efforts.”

The Trump Tower meeting has become a crucial focus of the wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, with Justice Department special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE and committees in the House and Senate looking into whether the Trump campaign was involved in the efforts.