News reports indicated that Michael Atkinson (the intelligence community inspector general who certified that the whistle-blower complaint was "credible" and "urgent") testified in closed session of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) on October 4th, 2019. Source USA today.
At the same time, conservative sources published accusations information showing that Atkinson had previously been a senior attorney for the DOJ's National Security Division involved in the FISA warrant abuses leading to electronic surveillance of Carter Page. Judicial Watch in a recent press release describes their FOIA lawsuit to obtain Atkinson's communications related to the subject.
Did HPSCI chairman Adam Schiff ever release the transcript of Atkinson's testimony?
Is HPSCI ranking member Devin Nunes correct that house rules required Schiff to release these transcripts, at least to house members? Would this be a requirement prior to the impeachment vote?
The Hill, and other sources reported that in a October 16, 2019, in a letter to congress, Adam Schiff promised to make the transcripts public, saying:
"At a time that it will not jeopardize investigative equities, we will make the interview transcripts public, subject to any necessary redactions for classified or sensitive information," Schiff wrote.
"We also anticipate that at an appropriate point in the investigation, we will be taking witness testimony in public, so that the full Congress and the American people can hear their testimony firsthand," he added.
Schiff argued that it was important for the interviews to be conducted privately so that witnesses cannot coordinate testimony.