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Sen. Grassley Defies Trump And McConnell. Vows To Expose Details Of 2016 Trump Tower Meeting

In a clear act of defiance, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (Iowa) on Thursday delivered a big blow to Donald Trump and the GOP leadership.

On Thursday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman advanced a plan to shield special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by the president, ignoring protests from the most powerful people in his own party.

And that’s not all. Grassley also announced his plan to release transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and other participants in a 2016 Trump Tower meeting that included a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer, Politico reports.

Grassley told the news outlet that the transcripts “ought to be getting out” following some redactions, describing it as the next step in the committee’s Russia oversight work.

RELATED: Senate Panel Approves Legislation To Protect Special Counsel Mueller.

Aside from Trump Jr., the committee anticipates releasing written responses from Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin who attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower alongside the president’s eldest son, son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Other attendees of the Trump Tower meeting who sat for closed-door interviews, transcripts of which the Judiciary Committee aims to release, are Russian real estate executive Ike Kaveladze, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, music promoter Rob Goldstone and translator Anatoli Samochorno.

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