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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyFormer Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 Alarm grows over smash-and-grab robberies amid holiday season GOP blocks bill to expand gun background checks after Michigan school shooting MORE (R-Iowa) wrote to ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinWhat's that you smell in the Supreme Court? New variant raises questions about air travel mandates Progressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign 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.Don TrumpCourt orders release of some redacted passages of Mueller report How Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo MORE, who organized the meeting with a Russian lawyer in an effort to gather damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE

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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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE and committees in the House and Senate looking into whether the Trump campaign was involved in the efforts.