House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is holding up the release of declassified transcripts of witnesses interviewed during the Trump-Russia collusion investigation over election interference.
While a unanimous vote to release the documents took place in 2018, Schiff is on a mission to squash the details of what transpired during a two-year investigation led by Robert Mueller.
Following the declassification process, Schiff is blocking the release of 43 interviews and is blocking the declassification of ten.
President Trump associates and Obama administration officials were among the 53 witnesses interviewed by the panel behind closed doors.
Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) criticized Schiff for blocking the release of the transcripts.
Why won't Adam Schiff release declassified interviews from his Russian collusion witch hunt?
Because he knows the President did nothing wrong. https://t.co/GTBZg7GSke
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 27, 2020
President Trump went after Schiff on social media for not releasing the transcripts.
Because Shifty is a crooked politician! https://t.co/bYkaJmy4Yj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2020
Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) weighed in saying, “There is no reason for keeping these documents secret except that they want to hide what’s in them.”
Donald Trump Jr. was one of the 53 witnesses interviewed and also criticized Schiff on social media, saying he “is desperately trying to hide these transcripts.”
Adam Schiff is desperately trying to hide these transcripts (including mine) from the American people. Who do you think he’s trying to protect? Me or Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Sally Yates and Andy McCabe?
Schiff’s Secret Transcripts – WSJ https://t.co/wSmVkhLKWx
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 26, 2020
Schiff and other Democrats aggressively pushed the Russia collusion narrative which dominated the news and misled Americans and now Schiff is preventing the public from seeing the truth from the Committee’s investigation.
Americans deserve better but with Schiff running the Intelligence Committee, there is very little chance for transparency.