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Thompson, Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressmen Call Upon Intelligence Committee to Provide Transparency

October 22, 2019
Press Release
Delegation requests Volker Transcript Access

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Dean of the Pennsylvania Republicans, requested that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence provide increased transparency and unrestricted access of Ambassador Kurt Volker’s testimony transcript to all members of Congress.

The entirety of the Pennsylvania Republican delegation joined Thompson in this request. The letter in full can be found here.

“Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats’ decision to withhold impeachment inquiry information from Republican Members of Congress should trouble all Americans,” said Congressman Guy Reschenthaler, member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee. “My colleagues across the aisle have thrown transparency and fairness out the window as they conduct their sham impeachment in secret behind closed doors. Conducting an inquiry in secret and leaking select, cherry-picked materials proves this is a politically motivated inquiry. The American people elected their Congressional representatives—both Republicans and Democrats—to be their voices in Washington. They are ignoring the will of the Americans who don’t share their political views by denying Republican members the opportunity to view impeachment documents.”

“This ‘impeachment inquiry’ is a sham process without any transparency and lacking basic due process. The American public deserves to review the facts and weigh the evidence,” said Congressman Fred Keller, member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. “Instead, their elected representatives are being denied access to vital information while Democrats selectively leak testimony intended to drive their impeachment narrative. It’s time for House Democrats to open the hearings, release the transcripts, and provide the transparency needed for this solemn and serious procedure.”

“The secrecy in which Chairman Adam Schiff has shrouded this process is breathtakingly unethical and un-American,” Congressman Scott Perry, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. “We don’t have secret trials, secret courts or secret impeachment proceedings in this Country, nor do we permit only one side to have attorneys, call witnesses and present information. Why is not every Member of Congress allowed access to this material? I join my colleagues in Pennsylvania to demand the immediate release of all documents, transcribed interviews, and information related to this inquiry. The American People must be allowed to evaluate this material and make educated and informed decisions for themselves.”