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Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe

Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe
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Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyPompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy The Hunter Biden problem won't go away Sunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election MORE (R-S.C.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said this week that the GOP-controlled panel should release every interview transcript from its concluded Russia investigation.

“There is something that has not been released that I think would be beneficial for the public to see — and that would be all of the transcripts from all of the [House Intelligence Committee] interviews,” Gowdy told The Hill on Wednesday.

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“There are no national security implications there,” he added. “There are no sources and methods there.”

Gowdy’s remarks echo calls from House Intelligence Democrats, who have pressed for the release of witness interview transcripts from the committee’s yearlong Russia investigation. The panel’s probe ended earlier this year, with Republicans saying they found no evidence of collusion between Moscow and President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE’s campaign.

A spokesman for House Intelligence Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesMcCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues MORE (R-Calif.) declined to comment on Gowdy's remarks.

GOP and Democratic lawmakers had supported plans to release the transcripts from the dozens of witnesses interviewed. But that was before Republicans announced in the spring that they would be winding down their probe.

Republicans cited concerns that making the interviews public could have long-term consequences on their ability to compel witnesses to testify in future investigations.

“We may not be able to do that, turns out,” Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayEx-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm Thompson named top Republican on Agriculture Bottom line MORE (R-Texas), the top Republican leading the investigation, told Bloomberg News in March, shortly before the investigation was brought to a close.

Earlier that month, Conaway had told reporters that he would “absolutely” support releasing the transcripts.

“The majority has said they support making these transcripts public,” said Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump backs Stefanik to replace Cheney Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Senate Intel vows to 'get to the bottom' of 'Havana syndrome' attacks MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, at the time. “We will put to the test of whether they really do.”

Schiff indicated to The Hill this week that he plans to reignite a full-blown Russia probe if Democrats win control of the House in November.

While he said his priority would be to investigate allegations of whether Russians laundered money through the Trump Organization, the transcripts could also become another matter for Democrats to pursue.

The latest FiveThirtyEight forecast says Democrats have an 83 percent chance of winning control of the chamber in the midterm elections.

--Updated at 11:29 a.m.