US House Democrats Reopen Russiagate Probe, Send Mueller Dozens of Transcripts

US House Democrats Reopen Russiagate Probe, Send Mueller Dozens of 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. Republicans ended that probe in March, concluding there was no evidence of conspiracy or collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign.

Chairman Adam Schiff also announced investigations into Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's finances.

"It's called presidential harassment", Trump said Wednesday.

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.

Trump's longtime self-described "fixer", lawyer Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to charges including lying to Congress.

Schiff has said that an area of particular interest related to investigations of Trump are allegations that Russians might possess financial leverage over him. After Cohen pleaded guilty to the Mueller charges on November 29, Trump called his former lawyer a liar, "a weak person and not a very smart person".

"We're going to do our proper oversight", Schiff told reporters after the intelligence panel's first meeting, which was closed.

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He was sentenced to three years in prison.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russia's role in the election and whether there was any collusion or obstruction of justice by the Trump team. Stone is also charged with obstructing the House probe by encouraging one of his associates, NY radio host Randy Credico, to refuse to testify before the House panel in an effort to hide Stone's false statements.

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.

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.

It is unclear if Mueller has since requested any other transcripts, or if he has already seen any of them.

"That was a threat", Pelosi told reporters after a Democratic Caucus meeting. There are dozens of other transcripts of interviews with former Obama administration officials and Trump associates.

Schiff also laid out five "interconnected lines of inquiry" that Democrats feel ranking member Devin Nunes of California did not adequately pursue when he was chairman last Congress.

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