How to read the transcript of a hearing: ‘The truth is, it’s the most important thing that we’ve ever done’
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to hold a hearing on the transcript from the Senate hearing on President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, which was published in the Phoenix New Times last week.
It was the first time since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 that a committee would hear from witnesses.
“I think it’s important for the American people to hear the full account of the hearings,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.
“It was the most significant event that I have been involved in as a senator, because I am not only a judge on the bench but also the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee.
“This hearing should have happened a long time ago,” Graham added. “
This is the most comprehensive and thorough account that we have of the testimony and the hearings that occurred, but I think it is the right thing for the country.”
“This hearing should have happened a long time ago,” Graham added.
“The truth about the pardons is a lot different than what was reported.
It should have never happened.”
The transcript, which includes testimony from a number of witnesses and was first published by the New Times, was first made public in June.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who has called for the committee to hold the hearing, called it a “watershed moment” for the judiciary.
He said the transcripts will shed light on the process by which Trump and his administration decided to pardon Arpaio, a former U.S. sheriff who was convicted of defying a judge’s order to stop detaining Latinos, among other charges.
“These transcripts should be released to the American public, and I hope they will help us to learn from the mistakes that we made,” Wyden said.
The hearing will examine whether Arpaio’s pardon is constitutional.
Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt in 2016 for violating a judge order to turn over thousands of illegal immigrants who were released from jail.
Arpaio’s lawyers have said the case should not have gone to trial, arguing that the evidence was overwhelming.
The transcript has not been released publicly.
The Arizona Republic first reported that the transcript would be released Wednesday.
Reporters for the Arizona Republic and other outlets, including CNN, The Associated Press and The New York Times, requested access to the transcript.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R.I., said he is open to releasing the transcript, but that he will be working with the Trump administration to ensure it is public.
“We’ve been very clear from the start that we want to see the full transcript,” Grassley said Wednesday.
The Arizona Republic obtained the transcripts from the public records office in the Capitol, where they were obtained by The Arizona Daily Star. “
If there are additional questions, we want those answers, and we’re very eager to get the full story from the White House and other people involved.”
The Arizona Republic obtained the transcripts from the public records office in the Capitol, where they were obtained by The Arizona Daily Star.
The paper reported that it is not clear if any of the witnesses or other documents provided by the public will be made public, though Grassley said it is likely the transcript will be released.
The committee is investigating allegations that the Trump White House attempted to obstruct justice by delaying, or refusing to respond to, an inquiry into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russia, including the 2016 election.
“We’ve heard from many members who have asked questions, who have felt that they weren’t given sufficient time to get answers from the Trump Administration,” Grassley told reporters.
“And we’re not happy about that, and it’s going to take some time to sort of get to the bottom of that.”