Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

House Intelligence Committee Meets, Makes Moves

House Intelligence Committee Meets, Makes Moves

"The committee also plans to release to the public all investigation transcripts, as it is committed to providing the American public with greater transparency and insight into Russia's operations and the USA government's response", Schiff said after the Intelligence Committee met today.

"No other politician has to go through that...it's called presidential harassment and it's unfortunate and it really does hurt our country".

Republicans ended the committee's investigation in April 2018, announcing there was no evidence that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian government operatives to influence the election. 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 confirmed that closed-door testimony by Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and fixer, has been delayed to February 28 but didn't comment on why.

Representative Adam Schiff told reporters Wednesday that the panel will focus in part on "making sure that the policy of the United States is being driven by the national interest, and not by any financial entanglement, financial leverage, or other form of compromise" by "the Russians or the Saudis or anyone else".

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.

The committee published its investigative plan after members voted unanimously to give Special Counsel Robert Mueller copies of all the interviews the committee conducted during its GOP-led probe.

Trump said that Schiff had "no basis" for his investigation, noting that he felt unfairly targeted by Democrats.

Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in March after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

The panel is meeting Wednesday for the first time since a Democrat, Adam Schiff of California, became chairman with the new House majority.

In the previous Congress, Schiff tried to send the unredacted transcripts to Mueller, but was stifled by Republicans, who said that Mueller's office had not requested them, CNN noted.

It is unclear if Mueller has since requested any other transcripts, or if he has already seen any of them. They have been undergoing a declassification review.

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.

Democrats complained forcefully past year that Republicans had blocked their effort and denied their request to subpoena key witnesses.

"That was a threat", Pelosi told reporters after a Democratic Caucus meeting.

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