Senate Judiciary To Release Trump Tower Witness Transcripts

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday that he believes the committee’s interviews with the witnesses of the Trump Tower meeting are complete, and that he hopes to officially release the transcripts as soon as possible.

Why it matters: Grassley said that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s unilateral release of the Glenn Simpson transcript “spooked” other witnesses, so the Trump Tower section of the investigation is now done. The witness transcripts Grassley hopes to release include interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Rinat Akhmetshin, Ike Kaveladze, Anatoli Samochornov and Rob Goldstone.

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Grassley statement
Last week, Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham were criticized by Democrats for issuing a criminal referral against Christopher Steele, the principal author of the Trump-Russia dossier. The decision today by Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, could further erode the relationship between members of the bipartisan committee.

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