House intelligence committee approves sending Russian Federation testimony to Mueller

Feb 07, 2019, 01:10
House intelligence committee approves sending Russian Federation testimony to Mueller

Schiff said his committee would work with other House panels that "share a like interest and a concern".

"For the last two years, the Republican majority has essentially been missing in action when it comes being a coequal branch of government", Schiff said today, promising that Democrats are "not going to be intimidated or threatened" by Trump's warnings against the Democrat-led investigations.

Cohen is due back in front of the House committee on Friday for a closed-door testimony, his first time answering questions in front of a Democrat-controlled panel, as part of an agreement to cooperate with Mueller's investigation. It's called presidential harassment, and it's unfortunate.

A day after President Trump made an appeal to Congress to limit what he called "ridiculous partisan investigations", the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, announced new parameters of the panel's Democrat-led Russian Federation investigation, calling the president's discouragement of appropriate oversight a "nonstarter".

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"The special counsel's office, the Justice Department and its elements will now have access to those transcripts for any objective which will facilitate justice", Schiff said, noting they previously lacked usable access to the transcripts for prosecutor purposes.

The committee had already voted to release most of the transcripts to the public, but they are still being reviewed by the intelligence community for classified information.

Mueller requested Stone's interview transcript previous year and the panel voted to release it in December, ahead of the January charges. But Schiff said Wednesday morning that the interview had been postponed to February 28 "in the interests of the investigation".

Whether any actors - foreign or domestic - sought or are seeking to impede, obstruct and/or mislead authorized investigations into these matters, including those in the Congress.

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Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer showed no sign of relenting on the congressional investigations of the Trump administration and Russian interference in the elections.

Schiff has indicated that he will re-open parts of the committee probe, which Republicans closed last March, concluding there was no evidence of conspiracy or collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign.

"Unfortunately, these and numerous other avenues of inquiry were not completed during the last Congress", Schiff said in his statement. He gained notoriety for saying in a March 22, 2017, interview he had seen "more than circumstantial evidence of collusion". He has instead cited the infamous June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting that Trump campaign officials had with a group of Russians that offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. "I'm sure Donald Trump Jr.is at the top of his list".

Schiff also said the committee plans to release all transcripts of testimony given to the committee.

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House Republicans made a "last-minute play trying to avoid naming people to the committee so that these official transcripts couldn't be sent over to Mueller", the former federal prosecutor noted.

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