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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the Senate to release its transcripts regarding the Trump Tower meeting

The public may soon learn a lot more about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and top Trump campaign officials.

NBC News reported Thursday that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wants the committee to make public the transcripts of its interviews with people who attended the meeting. Donald Trump Jr. reportedly took the meeting in an attempt to get dirt on former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner were also in attendance. The committee interviewed Trump Jr. last year. Kushner provided a written statement, but has not volunteered to be interviewed.

"That section of our investigation is done," Grassley said. However, he hinted that this wasn't the outcome he was hoping for, adding that, while he'd wanted to interview everyone who attended the meeting, the decision by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to release the interview transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson — whose research firm produced a dossier alleging Russia has compromising information on President Trump — had "spooked other potential witnesses." Specifically, he said the chances of getting an interview with Kushner were now "shot."

"Let's get [the transcripts] out there for everyone to see," Grassley said.