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Grenell to Schiff: Release the secret Russia probe transcripts or I will

Richard Grenell, the acting director of national intelligence, told Rep. Adam Schiff on Monday that 53 transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion are ready to be released to the public.

In the letter, Grenell urged Schiff to publish the documents, but said that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is prepared to release them if the California Democrat refuses to do so.

“I urge you to honor your previous public statements, and your committee’s unanimous vote on this matter, to release all 53 cleared transcripts to Members of Congress and the American public as soon as possible,” Grenell said in the letter, first reported by The Washington Examiner.

“I am also willing to release the transcripts directly from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as to ensure we comply with the unanimous and bipartisan vote to release the transcripts.”

Republicans have in recent weeks upped pressure on Schiff to release the transcripts.

The House Intelligence Committee voted in September 2018 to release the documents. The panel sent the 53 transcripts, which totaled more than 6,000 pages, to ODNI for a review of classified material.

ODNI completed a review of 43 of the transcripts in June 2019, Grenell told Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence panel. The other 10 were recently completed, the letter stated.

Republicans on the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees sent a letter to Schiff on Tuesday saying that he has been “blocking” the release of the transcripts.

It is unclear why Schiff has withheld the documents from public view. His office did not return a request for comment on Tuesday.

“All of the transcripts, with our required redactions, can be released to the public without any concerns of disclosing classified material,” Grenell wrote to Schiff.

The Intelligence Committee conducted an investigation through April 2018 into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Republicans on the committee released a report on April 27, 2018, that said there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The special counsel’s office, which released a report on April 18, 2019, arrived at the same conclusion.

The transcripts are of interviews with several Obama administration officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, and Samantha Power, former Trump White House officials and several Trump associates.

The committee also interviewed the two lawyers at the firm Perkins Coie who financed the infamous Steele dossier. Transcripts for the lawyers, Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann, are included in the yet-to-be-released tranche of documents.

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Written by Chuck Ross on May 6, 2020

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  1. Randy Justice May 6, 2020

    Schiff knows that when these documents go public, his ass is fried, everybody that he has been protecting for years is implicated in these documents and he knows it !! They also serve as proof that he has been lying throughout this entire time that he has said that he has “proof” of collusion by OUR President !!! SCHIFF IS A SLEAZY LITTLE QUEER LIBERAL LIAR !!!

  2. Lynne Bailey May 6, 2020

    Please continue to keep us informed!
    God bless you!

  3. Robert G Engler May 6, 2020

    Of course, Shiff doesn’t want to release those documents. It would expose his lies.

  4. nonya May 6, 2020


  5. Jack May 6, 2020

    Talks cheap Grenell, if you can release them than release them. Schitz or get off the pot,threats don’t work against Shifty Schiff, facts and real physical action, release,let the public decide.

  6. Mel Richards May 6, 2020

    Please give multiple options on email newsletter, one daily, one weekly, every other day, ect., rather than just subscribe or unsubscribe. Very frustrating.

  7. Trish May 6, 2020

    Well schifty schiff what’s your lie going to be this time release the 53 transcripts your holding and keeping from the American people, my guess is you know President Trump is very innocent of all the charges you rotten demonrats thru at him was a lie but because your just a despicable rotten subhuman you don’t like to admit that you are garbage and a liar thru and thru your so called kangaroo court was a farce you pelosi, schucky schmer, wasted waters , and the four bitches of the apocalypse were dead wrong. And your fake spineless news media just plain can’t handle the truth.

  8. bert May 6, 2020

    Just release them! The jerk doesn’t care. He’s another moron that needs to be replaced in Congress, I can’t believe the dimocretes are so naïve and aren’t willing to abhor the crap this individual continues to espouse.

  9. Stephen gore May 6, 2020

    Why wait on a Damon shirt. Do it now

  10. JoeyP May 6, 2020

    The TREASONISTIC Traitor, Dog pile SCHIFF has something to HIDE! . . . I wonder what it IS – Hmmm? One Wary Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  11. VinceA May 6, 2020

    Maybe this time, Democrats’ smartest dummy Schiff must consult their ugly loud mouth grandma Maxine Water to make believe another set of transcripts for release. He’s the master of lies and everything deceitful. That’s his nature and devil’s too. He keeps digging his holes President Trump stands tall on and excelling since his inauguration.

  12. Jerry May 6, 2020

    One thing I learned through out my career Mr. Grenell, when making a statement to the effect of yours, you give a date or deadline. Otherwise your statement has no clout!

  13. Nr May 6, 2020

    The libs just want to keep you home by offering you more money ($2000 a month)so that the economy could go down a very deep shit hole! And create a great depression the likes you never seen. Don’t be fooled! You can’t trust these evil liberal Commie Demoncrats!

    Bella Pelosi, better known as Dracula. Sneaked in a 1 billion Dollar funding for Plan Parenthood (The abortion factory) and other things that have nothing to do with the Coronavirus bill. Evil and Devious indeed! Never let a crisis go to waste is one of the Demoncrat 10 Satanic Commandments.

    Wuhan Virus Bioweapon AKA: China Virus, Coronavirus weaponized by China and their Globalist treasonous Godless demoncratic Commie party and cohorts Soros the MSM fake media, academia, Hollywood, Millennials.RINOs..to crash the greatest US economy ever! And to take down the greatest president ever, President Trump!! Keep up the great work President Trump! 2020 and beyond! From the Patriots of a Commie free America!

  14. My first question if you can impeach the president for lying or for misleading the ? why can’t they impeach a commie democrat for not showing up for work, ripping up the Presidents speech or lying with the purpose of impeaching the President. Which to me is treason because the whole dam impeachment was a bunch of lies. Trying to use a coup to take down a doily elected President isn’t that also treason. Why has the DOJ allowed the demo’s to get away with this. One last item what is being done about the selling of nuclear fuel to Russia, AK Hillary Clinton the Russians paid her and slick Willie $143 million, has anyone heard anything about that. The last item is does anyone remember Vince Foster. Well President Trump had his body exhumed the workman broke the concrete value so they had to replace it when they removed it there was a blue tarp in the dirt. When they tried to pull up the tarp there was a body in the tarp. Her name was Margaret Fenway she worked for Slick Willie. Anyone heard anything on that..

  15. Barry Hollis May 7, 2020

    Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen; for your efforts to make all materials available to the general public.
    So I look forward to reading all of these documents, and to see who pushed what,
    When their was no proof to proceed.

  16. rabbit May 7, 2020

    Schiff has known from the get go that this was all a lie. He has perjured himself and lied to the media and us for years now. Adam’s world is about to collapse on him

  17. Wolf May 7, 2020

    Trying to “unseat” a sitting President, legally elected by the people is TREASON. People like Schummer, Nadler, Pelosi, Schiff, and the so-called “squad”,and those aiding traitors in our Security Agencies all need to be in orange jump suits at GITMO. for a very very long time. We simply can’t allow people like this destroying our process of electing our President. What would happen to us as a country if everytime any person elected was subjected to three or more years of this disgusting behavior?

  18. Robert Sims May 7, 2020

    For the past several days, the Facebook share button has not worked on this site. I find a lot of good material I would gladly share, such as this article, but I can’t for whatever reason.

  19. Ernest Lane May 7, 2020

    When is the last time Rep. Schiff held a hearing on an intelligence matter? He is chairman of the Intel Cmte. after all. If he hadn’t been so obsessed with impeaching Trump he might have, you know, looked into the cause of the coronavirus.

  20. Jo May 7, 2020

    The impeachment didn’t work. So the Progressive Socialist Communist Fascist Racist Democrat Party, Soros and China came up with the Coronavirus to infect America. They didn’t care about the rest of the World. Those people were just casualties of war against freedom. They want the collapse of our great economy and Make America Great Again. They will use any means to accomplish a one
    World Progressive Socialist Communist Fascist Racist Democrat Government. The elderly and people of all races is justified By reducing the population for the betterment of the earth. They must be sacrificed for the glory of mankind. Long live the Progressive Socialist Communist Fascist Racist Democrat Party. Comrade Pelosi, comrade Schumer and all Communist Democrat Comrades should be very proud of spreading the Coronavirus for our cause. Dumb and stupid people who support our party will vote for us no matter what we do for freebies, for unborn baby murder and homosexuality causes. Let them do what they want so long as the Progressive Socialist Communist Fascist Racist Democrat Party get full control, power and wealth. Our great predecessor Hitler and Stalin showed us progressive socialist communist fascist racist democrats the way to succeed where they failed. We will destroy America without firing a shot.

  21. Tina Moore May 7, 2020

    The man has not a shred of intelligence. Why he is chairman of the Intelligence Committee is a question for the ages. Obviously he has lots to hide. I just bet Obama’s squad is sweating. Obama, Rice, Lynch, Hillary, Brennan , Clapper, Comey, McCabe, Yates should be worried. They deserve huge lawsuits against them and prison time.

  22. sue flory May 7, 2020

    Yes! I agree! Release the documents! What are you waiting for?

  23. sue flory May 7, 2020

    Yes! I agree! Release the documents! What are you waiting for?

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