House Panel Votes to Release Trump Jr., Kushner Interview Transcripts

Anti-Trump protesters gather outside the White House earlier this year

Anti-Trump protesters gather outside the White House earlier this year

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence will now review the transcripts before their release.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who confirmed the panel's vote, said "some of the most important" transcripts - six in total - are still being withheld.

The transcripts release would let the public to see thousands of pages of interviews with people including the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

They include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former Obama aide Ben Rhodes, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, and Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer Marc Elias.

The move to release the materials by Republican chairman Devin Nunes of California, a close ally of the president, will provide the public with 53 transcripts spanning thousands of pages of raw testimony as special counsel Robert Mueller continues his Russian Federation investigation. That has not resolved political tensions, however, as Republicans and Democrats on the already fractured committee argued over why the panel had omitted five interview transcripts from the release.

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Republicans on the panel voted to wrap up the committee's Russian Federation probe earlier this year and published a controversial 243-page report detailing their investigation and clearing President Donald Trump and his campaign of colluding with Russian Federation.

Democrats reportedly requested the release of additional transcripts, including for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who served as head of the Democratic National Committee when its emails were hacked, and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who had various contacts with Russian officials, the newspaper reported. Schiff said Friday Wasserman Schultz had no objections to her interview being made public.

None of the transcripts, including those set for public release, have been provided to Mueller as part of his investigation, a move Democrats unsuccessfully pushed for on Friday.

Schiff said that Democrats tried to get the committee to release the unclassified transcripts without being reviewed by the Executive Branch, but that motion was rejected on a party-line vote. Both Democratic and Republican members of the committee have said there is not much classified information contained in the interviews and redacting the transcripts should be a straightforward matter.

"They're trying to bury them as long as they can" while making a pre-election show of transparency, Schiff said. "He's a big boy", Conaway said, noting the special counsel will be able to review them once they're public.

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