US Judiciary Committee to Release Transcripts of Trump Tower Meeting Interviews

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Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday he will work with the panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, to release the transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others who attended a June 2016 meeting between campaign officials and Russians at Trump Tower in NY. Donald Trump Jr. accepted the meeting after being offered dirt on Hillary Clinton from Rob Goldstone, a music publicist and Trump family associate.

However, Trump Jr. said the conversation with Veselnitskaya was focused exclusively on the issue of USA nationals adopting Russian children.

Among the interviews conducted behind closed doors, the Judiciary panel has interviewed Republican President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who attended the June 2016 meeting, along with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others.

President Donald Trump has insisted there was no collusion.

The Senate Judiciary Committee "has access to the same information that the House intelligence committee saw before drafting its summary memo", said.

Grassley's statement came amid increasing partisan rancor in Congress over the investigations of the intelligence community's finding that Russian Federation sought to interfere in the 2016 election to boost Trump, and whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow.

The committee would release transcripts of interviews with Trump Jr., Akhmetshin, Kaveladze, Samochornov, and Goldstone.

But Grassley also said the committee has given up in its efforts to speak with Kushner, saying that he would not be testifying before the panel.Grassley blamed the committee's top Democrat, Sen.


It was later reported by several media outlets that President Trump has personally dictated the first misleading statement, claiming the meeting was to do with adoptions.

He said he hopes that the transcripts can be released either through an agreement with Feinstein or through a committee vote.

Grassley said on Thursday Feinstein's action "spooked" other potential witnesses, including Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner. Grassley said they will be redacted before they were released, and he was unsure about the timing.Feinstein responded that she was "delighted" by Grassley's comments."I'm very grateful for your decision to proceed", she said after Grassley's statement at a committee hearing Thursday. That criticism has ramped up since the revelation of anti-Trump texts between two Justice Department officials who were at one point part of the Mueller investigation.

Democrats and Republicans have also been arguing this week over a memorandum commissioned by House of Representatives Republicans that Republicans say illustrates anti-Trump bias at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that he believes Nunes and the Justice Department need to work out their differences.

As for when the transcripts will be made public, a spokesman for the Judiciary Committee said he has no firm guidance on a release date.

Republicans say they have seen information that vindicates their argument that the president was smeared politically by the Washington establishment after his election, while grossly exaggerating any connections between his campaign and.

House Democrats decried what they called a "pattern of behavior" by congressional Republicans, the White House and "the political leadership of the " to discredit the entire probe and impugn the integrity of the career investigators.

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