Judiciary chairman plans to release Donald Trump Jr. transcript

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday he wants to release the transcript of the committee’s closed-door interview with Donald Trump Jr., joining Democrats on the committee who have pressed to make it public.

Grassley said he will now move to release all of the panel’s interviews involving the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and Trump Jr., the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

“Let the public have access to it,” he said of the transcripts.

But Grassley also said the committee has given up in its efforts to speak with Kushner, saying that he would not be testifying before the panel.

Grassley blamed the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, saying her decision to unilaterally release the interview transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson had “spooked” any additional witnesses. – READ MORE

On Friday night, Donald Trump Jr. slammed the media for their lack of coverage for the top secret memo that’s been circulating in Congress.

For roughly the past 24 hours, #ReleaseTheMemo has dominated social media as a call for transparency regarding a memo that reportedly has revealing information about the ongoing Russia investigation and the DOJ’s handling of the probe.

Don Jr. found the rumors about the memo “troubling.”

“Obviously, this has been a witch hunt, probably the greatest since the Salem witch trials,” Don Jr. said of the Russia probe. “The interesting thing about it is the only collusion, the only shadiness, the only thing that has been discovered is what the prior administration, the DNC, and all of them have done.” – READ MORE

The Trump administration is opening up restrictions on oil drilling on America’s east and west coast in the face of great protest, especially from Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.

Trump’s five-year originally proposed to open 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves to potential oil exploration. The administration billed the move as energy expansion for the country.

The committee Schiff leads has become prone to rampant leaks. One of the biggest leaks from recent days involved the leaking of damaging information on the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, which was eventually found to be flawed misinformation. Many in the media openly speculate that Schiff is the source of the leaks. – READ MORE

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