by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 12, 2018) — At approximately 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Democrats from the House Oversight & Government Reform and Judiciary Committees said during their questioning of FBI agent Peter Strzok that they intend to release the full transcript from Strzok’s June 27, 2018 private testimony to the committees.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte indicated he would not release it “today” when Democrats demanded if or when he might.
Strzok is being questioned by the two committees Thursday on his conduct while participating in two investigations in 2016. A former counterintelligence deputy chief, Strzok was escorted out of the agency approximately two weeks ago and stripped of his security clearance. He was last working in Human Resources.
One Democrat speculated that Strzok himself “had no objection” to the transcript’s release. Goodlatte said he objects based on what he said was an “agreement” not to release it, as Strzok’s June 27 interview was done behind closed doors and the committees have not concluded their investigation into the investigators involved in the Clinton email and Trump-Russia probes.
On the point of the transcript, Democrats accused Republicans of leaking portions to the press to score political points, while Goodlatte said that members of both parties who questioned Strzok privately have leaked certain portions to the media. Goodlatte said that quoting from Strzok’s June 27 testimony during Thursday’s hearing is a proper use of the material.
The highest degree of insistence for releasing the transcript appeared to come from Rep. David Ciccilline (D-RI1), who said he saw no reason why he could not make it public it in full “this afternoon.”
Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerrold Nadler said in response to Ciccilline that he could not identify a reason not to release it, although he said he did not wish his statement to be final, as he will have to check the House rules.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) volunteered to work with Democrats to release Strzok’s private transcript, in addition to those of other former FBI officials, in the interest of “transparency.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.