Jordan, Meadows press intelligence chief on House Intel Russia probe transcripts

Two conservative House members are pressing Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump has named more ex-lobbyists to Cabinet in 3 years than Obama, Bush did in full terms: report Hillicon Valley: FCC approves Nexstar-Tribune merger | Top Democrat seeks answers on security of biometric data | 2020 Democrats take on Chinese IP theft | How Google, Facebook probes are testing century-old antitrust laws Congress should defy Dan Coats' last request on phone surveillance MORE about the status of the intelligence community's review of the dozens of transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation.

Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the Oversight and Reform Committee, and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) asked Coats in a letter Wednesday when he expects the classification review of all 53 of the panel's transcripts to be completed, how many have been reviewed to date, and for an explanation on why it has taken six months for these transcripts to become public.

Jordan and Meadows, who are not members of the Intelligence panel, say the transcripts "will advance our committee's oversight responsibilities and provide the American public with important transparency" as they continue to examine whether individuals at the Justice Department and FBI "deviated from apolitical prosecutorial and investigative norms during these investigations."


"With the findings by the Special Counsel—that no associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE's campaign coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election—we see no further reason to delay," they write, according to a copy obtained by The Hill.

The information in these transcripts, they argue, are even more relevant following the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's Russia probe, in which he found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a four-page letter Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDemocrats to seek ways to compel release of Trump whistleblower complaint Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt The Hill's 12:30 Report: Questions swirl around Trump whistleblower complaint MORE gave to Congress late last month. 

"As the Justice Department prepares the Special Counsel's report for public disclosure, full transparency demands the public disclosure of HPSCI's witness interviews on the same subject matter," they wrote, referring to the House Intelligence Committee.

Republicans celebrated following Barr's letter on Mueller's report, claiming it exonerates Trump.

“I have not seen the Mueller report. I have not read the Mueller report. I won. No collusion, no obstruction. I won,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn before traveling to Texas on Wednesday.

“As far as I’m concerned I don’t care about the Mueller report. I've been totally exonerated,” the president said.

But Democrats have seized on Barr's conclusion with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE that Mueller's investigation did not reach the threshold to charge Trump of obstruction of justice, even after Mueller declined to make a judgment either way.

They suggest possible nefarious motivations for Barr's involvement, claiming the Trump appointee campaigned for his job and is likely seeking to protect the president — further reason, they argue, for them to review the full Mueller report and its underlying evidence.

The fight for the full report, however, is already gearing up as Democrats vow to get the full report while Barr remains firm that there is certain information he will not turn over to Congress, including grand jury information.