House panel votes to send Russian Federation transcripts to Mueller

Trump calls for an end to investigations of his administration

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. "He has no basis to do that", Trump told reporters, when asked about Schiff's plans to expand the scope of the House Intelligence Committee's probe.

WASHINGTON - The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests, Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday, moving ahead with the aggressive oversight that Democrats have promised now that they are in the majority.

Schiff told reporters this will "allow us to investigate any credible allegation that financial interests or other interests are driving decision-making of the president or anyone in the administration".

A day after the Republican president warned Democrats against "ridiculous partisan investigations" in his annual State of the Union address, Schiff said they would not be intimidated.

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.

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

Democrats newly in control of the House of Representatives have planned numerous investigations of Trump, his business interests and his administration.

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The panel has previously released select transcripts to the Special Counsel, including that of Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone and Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen.

Stone is accused of lying to Congress about the 2016 campaign's efforts to use stolen emails to undercut Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Cohen, who has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, had been scheduled to testify before the committee Friday in a closed-door session. 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.

The committee chair said he ultimately wants the testimonial transcripts released to the public.

Mueller's investigators had access to the "substance" of the transcripts, but couldn't level perjury charges until they were transmitted by the committee, panel chairman Rep. They have been undergoing a declassification review. The witnesses include the president's son Donald Trump Jr., as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

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

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