House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced Sunday he plans to release witness interviews of nearly 70 people regarding the Russian collusion investigation to the public before the midterm elections.
“Full transparency is in order,” he said in an interview with Fox News. “If you look at a lot of the facts that are now out it’s the facts that are now out, it’s what we found on the House Intelligence Committee. So we believe that the depositions that we took I think for nearly about 70 people, those need to be published and they need to be published, I think before the election… put out for the American people to review, so that they can see the work that we did and they can see all of the people that were interviewed by us and their answers to those questions.”
The House Intelligence Committee concluded in April that there was no “collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.”
However, there is a separate and ongoing probe by the Justice Department’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller, with no end in sight. The American public deserves to know what facts Mueller has gathered thus far, particularly because part of the Democratic Party’s platform includes the scare tactic that President Donald Trump is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pawn.
Let the American people decide for themselves if there is substantial evidence for collusion. Since Mueller has not yet issued a full report or talked to all the witnesses — especially since Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen just recently agreed to cooperate with him — releasing what the House Intelligence Committee gathered is the least that can be done.
But assuming there are no confidential matters of national security in Mueller’s depositions, they should be made public, too. Mueller has been working and trying to build a case against the president for over a year. Americans are surely curious to see all that he’s accomplished — or failed to accomplish — so far.