“I request the link www.dougcollins.house.gov/ohr be placed in the record so the American people can review the transcript of Bruce Ohr’s interview.”

WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, made the following statement on the House floor regarding the transcript of Bruce Ohr’s interview by the Committee on the Judiciary, joint with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Below are the remarks as prepared.

Rep. Doug Collins: Mr. Speaker, last Congress, the Judiciary Committee interviewed multiple DOJ and FBI officials about their actions regarding the 2016 elections.

People anticipate the Mueller report soon. Will he find any so-called “collusion”? Or was the only “collusion” among agency personnel who hated the president and started this investigation?

Our interview transcripts were pertinent to a congressional investigation, but the 115thCongress ended, the investigation was closed, and copies were shared with certain members of Congress.

Out of an abundance of caution, we gave DOJ an opportunity to review them for information that would endanger national security, but after many months and little progress, our patience has grown thin. The proposed redactions have nothing to do with national security and are anathema to our goal of government transparency.

I am, therefore, today making one of these transcripts public.

Mr. Speaker, to avoid burdening GPO with a 200-page transcript, I request the link www.dougcollins.house.gov/ohr be placed in the record so the American people can review the transcript of Bruce Ohr’s interview.

I intend to make other transcripts public soon. I’m willing to consider any reasonable redactions DOJ makes in a timely manner, but won’t allow these transcripts to remain shrouded in secrecy.