House Intelligence Committee Votes to Send Russia Transcripts to Mueller

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The committee voted to provide transcripts of testimony it took behind closed doors in its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election to the special counsel for use in any prosecutions, something Schiff promised to do last month after a second Trump associate was charged with lying to Congress.

Schiff, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, plans to resume the panel's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "It's called presidential harassment", the president said giving an in-person version of how he describes the investigations on Twitter.

The House Intelligence Committee is set to pursue a wide investigation into attempts to influence the 2016 US presidential election, including a look at Donald Trump's financial transactions, the panel's Democratic chairman Adam Schiff said on Wednesday. "And it really does hurt our country". It is possible that Mueller could have gained access to the documents through the intelligence agencies that are reviewing them. "And I think that's fine because that what they do". Republicans ended that probe in March, concluding there was no evidence of conspiracy or collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign. The California Democrat made the announcement after the committee voted to provide the special counsel's office with transcripts of interviews conducted as part of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller "will now have access to those transcripts for any goal that will facilitate justice", Schiff said.

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.

Cohen, who is expected to begin a three-year prison sentence next month for lying to Congress and committing financial crimes, was due to appear before the House Intelligence panel for a closed-door interview this week.

New information about "covert and overt" Russian actions that targeted members of the president's campaign and his private businesses has emerged in the two years since the election, and merits scrutiny, Schiff said in a statement.

This is the second time Cohen's planned testimony has been either delayed or cancelled.

Schiff told reporters following a Wednesday meeting by the House Intelligence Committee, which he now chairs, that in accordance with promises made after the November 2018 election, the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election would be reopened.

Republicans on the panel issued a joint statement just before the meeting saying that the intelligence agencies' ongoing review is "an unacceptable delay" and Democrats should vote to publish all of the unclassified transcripts immediately. Democrats had previously pushed the GOP-led committee to release all of the transcripts to Mueller, but Republicans said Mueller hadn't requested them.

Schiff also said the committee plans to release all transcripts of testimony given to the committee. "They need it for evidentiary reasons in a courtroom".

Democrats also opposed a Republican motion at the meeting Wednesday to subpoena several witnesses.