House Intelligence Committee votes to release all witness transcripts from Russia probe to DOJ and Mueller’s team

House Intelligence Committee votes to release all witness transcripts from Russia probe to DOJ and Mueller’s team

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California has reported that the House Intelligence Committee, which he heads, has “voted to release all witness transcripts from our Russia investigation” to the U.S. Justice Department and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

According to NBC News, Schiff will be giving Mueller’s office “access to the 50+ Russia-related transcripts from interviews conducted by the committee over the past few years as soon as today.”

This was the House Intelligence Committee’s first major vote since the House of Representatives’ new Democratic majority was seated on January 3. Schiff has been saying that sending witness transcripts from the Committee’s Russia-related probe to Mueller’s team would be one of its first actions after the Democratic House majority took over.

Schiff has also asserted that Mueller should consider whether additional perjury charges are warranted as part of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Two of President Donald Trump’s associates have faced criminal charges for lying to Congress in connection with Russiagate: veteran GOP operative Roger Stone (who was arrested last month) and Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen. While Cohen has pled guilty to a variety of criminal charges in federal court and was sentenced to three years in prison, Stone has pled not guilty.

Schiff’s announcement comes the day after Trump, during his 2019 State of the Union address, criticized “ridiculous partisan investigations”—an obvious reference to Mueller’s Russia probe as well as Russia investigations in the House of Representatives.


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