Graham threatens to call Volker to testify if Democrats don't release testimony

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill GOP urges Trump not to tank defense bill over tech fight Republican frustration builds over Cabinet picks MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday threatened to call former special envoy Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerGOP senators request details on Hunter Biden's travel for probe Yovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Live coverage: Senators enter second day of questions in impeachment trial MORE to testify if House Democrats do not release the full transcript of his testimony behind closed doors last week.


The South Carolina senator posted in a tweet that if the Democrats do not produce the transcript, "it will be an abuse of power."

"If this continues, I will call Volker before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify publicly to ensure the full story is told."


Graham linked to a Fox News report of Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on MORE (R-Ohio) requesting Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE (D-Calif.) release a transcript of Volker's testimony before the committee about the controversial call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE and the Ukrainian president.

House Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump after a whistleblower report detailed that in the call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked for an investigation into 2020 opponent Joe BidenJoe BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  MORE and his son, Hunter. Days before the call, the president withheld military aid to the country, prompting debate over whether there was quid pro quo involved.

Text messages have surfaced that Volker was connecting the president's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiChoking — not cheating — was Trump's undoing List of Republicans breaking with Trump grows longer Trump rants against election results for 46 minutes in new video post MORE with Ukrainian officials, prompting him to be called to testify in the House last week.

Volker provided messages to the House showing U.S. officials participating in Trump's requests to dig into Biden's interactions in the country.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K Battle heats up for House Foreign Affairs gavel Nearly one-third of US adults expect to lose employment income: Census Bureau MORE (D-Calif.) has previously hinted that quid pro quo is not necessary to show what the president did was wrong.