Schiff announces expanded scope of House Intel Russia probe

Schiff announces expanded scope of House Intel Russia probe

Schiff, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, plans to resume the panel's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Cohen was part of Trump's inner circle who in the past called himself the president's "fixer". "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.

Since then, both Cohen and Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone have been charged with lying to the panel. Last month, Cohen cited threats from Trump for postponing testimony before an open hearing of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee set for February 7.

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".

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.

Donald Trump lashed out at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Oversight Panel, after news broke that the panel had voted to send thousands of pages of documents to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen is still expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for a closed-door interview next Wednesday.

Schiff, who assumed the committee chairmanship after Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in November elections, outlined lines of inquiry it intends to pursue on Russian election activities, possible Trump campaign ties and matters relating to Trump's business dealings.

Stone pleaded not guilty to charges last month that he lied to the House panel about his discussions during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released thousands of emails stolen from Democrats. Mueller "will now have access to those transcripts for any goal that will facilitate justice", Schiff said.

Mueller requested Stone's interview transcript past year and the panel voted to release it in December, ahead of the January charges.

It is unclear if the special counsel has explicitly requested access to any additional transcripts.

The committee had already voted to release most of the transcripts to the public, but they are still being reviewed by the intelligence community for classified information.

Democratic lawmakers have previously cast doubt on the congressional testimony of the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and his son-in-law and senior adivser, Jared Kushner, among others.

In addition to moving forward with continuing the Russian Federation probe, the Committee voted to release transcripts for private Committee testimony that took place during the last Congress.

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

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