The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled its vote on the possible release of transcripts pertaining to its now-concluded Russia probe for Friday at 9 a.m.
A news release said that before the committee members meet on Capitol Hill, the transcripts will be reviewed by the director of national intelligence Dan Coats.
Earlier this month, the chairman of the committee, Devin Nunes, said the transcripts should be made public ahead of November’s midterm elections. “I expect to make those available from our committee to the American public in the next few weeks,” he said during an interview for Fox News.
Representative Trey Gowdy made similar remarks, asserting that it “would be beneficial for the public to see” the documents in question. Prior to their comments, Democrats had been calling for the transcripts to be released to the public.
Nunes further said he thought President Trump had no choice but to release the part of the depositions which has not yet been unclassified to show citizens how unfair the entire investigation has been.
“I think he doesn’t have any choice. If the President wants the American people to really understand just how broad and invasive this investigation has been to many Americans and how unfair it has been, he has no choice but to declassify.”
The transcripts in question refer to testimony from numerous individuals, including current and former Trump aides like former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, former White House communications director Hope Hicks and presidential adviser Jared Kushner. Transcripts from testimonies from former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and political consultant Roger Stone are also to be released.