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 CoatsJordan, Meadows press intelligence chief on House Intel Russia probe transcripts Overnight Energy: John Kerry hits Trump over climate change at hearing | Defends Ocasio-Cortez from GOP attacks | Dems grill EPA chief over auto emissions rollback plan Kerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill 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 TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 BarrThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Mueller report unveils American democracy under Russian attack Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report 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 Jay RosensteinKellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump 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.