House Republicans on Thursday indicated they are prepared to release a transcript of closed-door testimony from FBI agent Peter Strzok under certain conditions, after a House Democrat threatened to release it himself without waiting for the committee.
Democrats have argued that parts of Strzok’s private testimony have been selectively released by Republicans in an attempt to show that Strzok and other FBI agents were biased against President Trump and toward Hillary Clinton, and said the entire transcript should come out. And at a joint hearing of the House committees on judiciary and oversight, Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., said he would release it himself unless Republicans acted.
“There seems to be no good reason other than a personal preference that this transcript not be released,” Cicilline said during Strzok’s public testimony in front of the committees.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., initially denied the request, citing an ongoing investigation. He said releasing the transcript would allow other witnesses who have not been interviewed to corroborate their answers with Stzrok, and noted there was an agreement between the committees and Stzrok that the transcript would not be made public.
But Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., added soon after that he’d be “glad” to work with his Democratic colleagues to release the transcript “in the spirit of transparency,” but under two conditions. He said the committees should first interview former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom Strzok exchanged anti-Trump texts, and redact any personal information “that might be embarrassing” before its release.
“We will definitely take that under advisement,” Goodlatte said.