House intelligence committee approves sending Russian Federation testimony to Mueller
07 February, 2019, 04:42 | Author: Donnie King
"He's just a political hack", Trump said.
"It's called presidential harassment", Trump said Wednesday. Republicans also sought to to subpoena a dozen officials, including Utah Rep. Chris Stewart and former FBI Director James Comey, but Schiff blocked that, too, arguing it was premature to subpoena witnesses who hadn't refused to testify voluntarily. Trump has called the probe a "witch-hunt" and denied any collusion. The committee did, however, supply Mueller with transcripts when requested, such as former Trump adviser Roger Stone's, for which he is now indicted by Mueller, charged that he lied in those interviews.
Schiff also told reporters Wednesday that the House Intelligence Committee will not be "intimidated or threatened" by Trump's comments.
"Our job involves making sure that the policy of the United States is being driven by the national interest, not by any financial entanglement, financial leverage or other form of compromise".
The committee in September, then under Republican control, also voted to provide the interview transcripts to the Justice Department.
In remarks to the press following the newly constituted committee's first organizational meeting on Wednesday, Schiff fired back.
Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in March after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. The investigation, Schiff said, would also explore whether Trump or his associates have "sought to influence US government policy in service of foreign interests" and any potential obstruction into the various investigations.
Stone is accused of lying to Congress about the 2016 campaign's efforts to use stolen emails to undercut Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. They have been undergoing a declassification review.
Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to members of the media outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 17.
To protect ongoing investigative interests and information that remains classified, the Committee will release transcripts in a manner and according to a timetable that allows continued pursuit of important leads and testimony, while ensuring that the American people have faith in the process and can assess for themselves the evidence that has been uncovered, while legitimate national security interests continue to be protected.
Mueller requested Stone's interview transcript a year ago and the panel voted to release it in December.
Among the transcripts that would be released would be of interviews with Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; his longtime spokeswoman, Hope Hicks; and his former bodyguard Keith Schiller.
In addition to moving forward with continuing the Russian Federation probe, the Committee voted to release transcripts for private Committee testimony that took place during the last Congress.
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