Grassley calls on Senate Judiciary to release Trump Jr. interviews

US Judiciary Committee to Release Transcripts of Trump Tower Meeting Interviews

Grassley has demanded that the House Intelligence Committee release its report, which he says the Senate can not review pre-release, and also the underlying Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ documents, with necessary redactions to protect national security.

Trying to stem some of that criticism, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said Thursday that it had located several months' worth of text messages the department had previously said it couldn't find. "The only real way to reassure people is to let the sun shine in and let the chips fall where they may".

In a letter Wednesday to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, respectively, wrote, "It seems obvious that the goal of these attacks is to undermine [special counsel Robert Mueller's] investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government".

Shortly after the Times report was published, Trump Jr. released a chain of emails he had exchanged with Goldstone prior to the meeting.

They include music promoter Rob Goldstone, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and Anatoli Samochornov, a translator for Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Grassley was hoping to hear from Jared Kushner about the June 2016 meeting with a Russian contingent at Trump Tower in NYC that he attended with Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort. That means the public could have its first glimpse of Donald Trump Jr.'s account of the event soon. Suspicions that Russian social media trolls are actively amplifying the Twitter hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo have also led to calls for a congressional investigation.

Instead of providing dirt on Clinton, Veselnitskaya pitched the campaign on helping roll back the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law opposed by the Russian government. But the Ranking Member unilaterally released the transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson.

Grassley's remarks come just two weeks after Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the transcripts of testimony provided by the CEO of a company that prepared a dossier alleging collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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At the time, Mr Trump said he was concerned with Mr Comey's handling of the Clinton email server investigation. It is customary for a new director to bring in his own team. "We'll leave that in his hands".

Grassley continued, "as a result, it looks like our chances of getting a voluntary interview with Mr. Kushner have been shot".

A release from the committee said that the referral, which is based on both classified and publicly available information unearthed by investigators, does not pertain to the veracity of claims in the dossier.

Feinstein said in her statement that she hopes Grassley will try to move forward with public hearings for Kushner and Trump Jr.

Bloomberg News reported that Kushner's lawyers did not decline an interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, but asked when lawmakers can disclose the contents of closed-door interviews and asked if Grassley had seen Kushner's Senate Intelligence Committee interview.

"That section of our investigation is done", Grassley said of the committee's Trump Tower inquiry.

In a cover letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray released by the committee, said the referral relates to "certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple USA news outlets regarding the so-called 'Trump dossier.'" The rest of the referral is classified and was not released.

Schumer singled out a classified memo that the House Intelligence Committee has produced and may move to make public.

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