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 GrassleyTrump officials ratchet up drug pricing fight Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review MORE (R-Iowa) wrote to ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein would 'absolutely' reopen Kavanaugh investigation if Dems win Senate Feinstein’s Dem challenger: 'It’s time that we stop biding our time and biting our tongue' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns 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 TrumpElection Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B Eric Trump: Trump Org has 'zero investments' in Russia or Saudi Arabia West Virginia sports stars back Manchin in new ad MORE, who organized the meeting with a Russian lawyer in an effort to gather damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US Republicans cancel airtime in swing Vegas district The Democratic Donald Trump is coming 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE and committees in the House and Senate looking into whether the Trump campaign was involved in the efforts.