Nadler, Cummings Issue Statement in Response to Joint Interview with FBI Agent Peter Strzok
Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2018)—Today, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement after a 11-hour long interview with FBI Agent Peter Strzok:
“We just finished an 11-hour interview with Peter Strzok, and as today’s transcript will make crystal clear, House Republicans are desperately trying to find something—anything—to undermine Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign. Unfortunately for them, they were entirely unsuccessful today, and their interview of Mr. Strzok will not help their misguided mission.
“Mr. Strzok’s testimony is consistent with everything we already knew about the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation and the early stages of the Russia investigation. As the Inspector General concluded, no perceived bias influenced the outcome of the Clinton investigation, and as the Inspector General already explained, Special Counsel Mueller removed Mr. Strzok from his team immediately after learning of his communications with Lisa Page.
“We believe the American people should be allowed to see today’s unclassified transcript so they can see the Republicans’ desperation for themselves. We call on Chairmen Goodlatte and Gowdy to immediately release the unclassified transcript of today’s interview and of every other interview conducted during this investigation. Let the public see how little they have to show for this partisan fishing expedition.
“House Republicans are obsessed with re-investigating the Inspector General’s investigation, re-interviewing witnesses who were already interviewed, and holding ‘emergency’ hearings on Hillary Clinton’s emails, all while blocking efforts to conduct credible and desperately needed oversight of the Trump Administration on any number of more urgent topics—starting with the President’s ongoing child separation crisis on the border.
“The Special Counsel’s investigation has already uncovered evidence to support indictments against 20 individuals and 5 guilty pleas. His work stands on its own, in a court of law, and Republicans should stop trying to undermine it.”