When Democrats demanded President Trump release the transcript of his phone call with Ukraine’s President Zelensky, the president quickly did so, even though such a precedent is deeply disturbing when one considers the need for any president to be able to assure their counterparts of confidentiality.
Now the tables have turned: Democrats staged a showy hearing in the House Intelligence Committee last week, featuring former Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. Selected tiny bits of the proceedings were leaked in an attempt to bolster the Democrats’ threadbare argument that a quid pro quo happened. Republicans in the hearing say the full testimony reveals exactly the opposite, that there was no quid pro quo.
But: Adam Schiff—the chair—won’t release the transcript of the hearing after he demanded Trump release the transcript of the call.
Which one has something to hide?
The gravity of impeachment and the polarized nature of today’s political environment demands transparency.
Release the transcript, Adam Schiff.