House panel votes to send Russian Federation transcripts to Mueller

Minnie Murray
February 7, 2019

Schiff said that while special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into the episode, the intelligence committee "must fulfill its responsibility to provide the American people with a comprehensive accounting of what happened, and what the United States must do to protect itself from future interference and malign influence operations".

Schiff has long pledged under his control, the House Intelligence Committee would aggressively investigate Trump's campaign activities, as well as his finances.

It's called presidential harassment, and it's unfortunate.

During the State of the Union Tuesday, Trump warned against "ridiculous partisan investigations", saying that they would inhibit economic growth.

Stone has pleaded not guilty on charges including lying to Congress related to efforts to learn about plans by WikiLeaks to release stolen information damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation", he said. "Congress has a duty to expose foreign interference, hold Russian Federation to account, ensure that USA officials - including the president - are serving the national interest and, if not, are held accountable". The Democratic chairs of the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees have previously indicated their committees would investigate some of the administration's policy choices.

Schiff also announced the renewed Russiagate probe would go "beyond Russia" to include Trump's financial interests and "whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business or his associates". "That pertains to any credible allegations of leverage by the Russians or the Saudis or anyone else".

Last year, both Republicans and Democrats voted to release all of the transcript materials to the public, pending a review by the intelligence community.

It is unclear if the special counsel has explicitly requested access to any additional transcripts.

Republican members of the intelligence committee had hoped to release to the public transcripts from its unclassified interviews - which account for the vast majority - but the motion was voted down, said Representative Michael Conaway, R, who ran the committee's GOP-led Russian Federation probe. ODNI has said the transcripts may be ready by May or June of this year. "There's no need to wait until they're all finished", Schiff said.

The panel also voted down a GOP request to subpoena "witnesses whose testimony Democrats previously sought", according to a statement from Republican members.

The Committee decided on Wednesday to launch another Russian Federation probe. Reps. Himes, Carson, Swalwell and Sewell were appointed as chairs of four new subcommittees created to focus on "core missions" across the intelligence community.

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