#ReleaseTheDepo: Senate Dems Want 'Explosive' Don Jr. Testimony Given to Mueller
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee want to send transcripts from the committee’s Russia investigation interviews—including “explosive” testimony from Donald Trump Jr.—to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal probe into allegations that the president or members of his campaign team colluded with Russian officials and have obstructed justice.
In a letter to committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote: “You have stated publicly that you believe it is important for the special counsel to carry his investigation through to completion and determine the facts,” and “it is hard to see how withholding the transcripts achieves that goal.”
Their request, Politico notes, “reflected the partisan tension in a judiciary committee whose investigation has for months been splintered along party lines,” and has essentially amounted to suggestions that witnesses “may have made false statements to the committee.”
Whitehouse told Politico that senators “need to rethink, if there isn’t going to be a public hearing, why would we not release that transcript? And under any circumstances, why would we not let Bob Mueller have access to it?”
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