Former Trump Lawyer Cohen’s Congressional Testimony Postponed

Former Trump Lawyer Cohen’s Congressional Testimony Postponed

Former Trump Lawyer Cohen’s Congressional Testimony Postponed

Schiff said that he would investigate Trump for contacts between Russian Federation and other foreign interests and ordered congressional interview transcripts sent to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Republican majority in the last Congress ended the probe in March, stating that they agreed with the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's campaign influence operation "except with respect to Putin's supposed preference for candidate Trump".

"The President's actions and posture towards Russian Federation during the campaign, transition, and administration have only heightened fears of foreign financial or other leverage over President Trump and underscore the need to determine whether he or those in his Administration have acted in service of foreign interests since taking office", Schiff said in a statement announcing the expanded investigation.

"No other politician has to go through that. And it's unfortunate. And it really does hurt our country".

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. Mueller could potentially use these transcripts to pursue charges of perjury.


As an opening volley, the committee sent special counsel Robert Mueller, head of an independent agency created to investigate Russiagate, 50 interview transcripts, including talks with the committee by Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; his longtime spokeswoman, Hope Hicks; and his former bodyguard Keith Schiller, along with dozens of officials from both the Trump and Barack Obama administrations, the Washington Post noted. But that vote took place in September, and the interview transcripts still have not been cleared in the declassification review - a delay Republicans called "unacceptable" in a statement.

In his remarks to press, Schiff indicated the committee would seek to "expedite" the release of some transcripts, saying ODNI expected to complete its review by May or June.

"There's no need to wait until they are all finished to release any of them", he said.

"Additionally, we call on our Democratic colleagues to grant our request to subpoena numerous witnesses whose testimony the Democrats had previously sought in connection with the committee's Russian Federation investigation", the GOPs added. They did not specify which witnesses, however.

The committee will also investigate whether any of the president's policy decisions were the result of foreign exploitation and whether any foreign actors are attempting to impede congressional or other investigations into those topics. But Schiff stressed today that while Democrats wanted to accommodate GOP requests, they would not begin firing off subpoenas before potential witnesses were given a chance to appear voluntarily.

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