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 GrassleyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces White House denies exploring payroll tax cut to offset worsening economy Schumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord MORE (R-Iowa) wrote to ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Trump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death 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 TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: 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 ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump 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 MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE and committees in the House and Senate looking into whether the Trump campaign was involved in the efforts.