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Lindsey Graham releases 11 Senate Judiciary witness transcripts from Trump-Russia investigation

Added 01-15-21 05:23:01pm EST - “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham released nearly a dozen transcripts of closed-door interviews conducted last year with key figures in the Trump-Russia inquiry, blasting FBI leadership under fired Director James…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Lindsey Graham releases 11 Senate Judiciary witness transcripts from Trump-Russia investigation”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham released nearly a dozen transcripts of closed-door interviews conducted last year with key figures in the Trump-Russia inquiry, blasting FBI leadership under fired Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

The South Carolina Republican, who will be leaving the leadership post with Democrats taking control of the Senate, said the document dump on Friday was designed to get as much information from the 11 transcripts out to the public as possible, though some remains classified, hidden under redactions.

“I consider the Crossfire Hurricane investigation a massive system failure by senior leadership, but not representative of the dedicated, hardworking patriots who protect our nation every day at Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice,” Graham said in a lengthy statement, adding, “the leadership of the FBI under Comey and McCabe was either grossly incompetent or they knowingly allowed tremendous misdeeds. There was a blind eye turned toward any explanation other than the Trump campaign was colluding with foreign powers. At every turn the FBI and DOJ ran stop signs that were in abundance regarding exculpatory information.”

The transcripts included interviews with former top DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who had acted as a secret back channel for British ex-spy Christopher Steele and who resigned in September, and Dana Boente, the former FBI general counsel and briefly acting attorney general, who, along with Comey, signed off on the second renewal for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants targeting former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Boente resigned in May.

An FBI agent known only as “Supervisory Special Agent 1” in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s scathing report on the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation, but believed to be Joseph Pientka, who accompanied fired FBI special agent Peter Strzok in interviewing retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in January 2017, was also interviewed, and that transcript, too, was released.

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