The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to send transcripts of 53 interviews to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which will scrub them of classified information before they are made public.
However, committee Democrats said Trump’s fellow Republicans, who hold a majority in the House and thus control the panel, refused their request to immediately release all of the transcripts to Robert Mueller, the federal special counsel investigating Russia, Trump and the election.
FILE PHOTO: Donald Trump, Jr. speaks at a Make America Great Again rally in Great Falls, Montana, U.S., July 5, 2018.
“There was no interest (from Republicans) in the public seeing anything that they thought might be damaging to the president,” he said.
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon attends the "Atreju 2018" meeting organised by Fratelli d'Italia party in Rome, Italy September 22, 2018.
Interviews with officials from former President Barack Obama’s administration are also among the transcripts.
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