Democrats launch new probe of Trump's finances, Russian Federation ties

Democrats launch new probe of Trump's finances, Russian Federation ties

Democrats launch new probe of Trump's finances, Russian Federation ties

The committee voted to provide transcripts of testimony it took behind closed doors in its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election to the special counsel for use in any prosecutions, something Schiff promised to do last month after a second Trump associate was charged with lying to Congress.

"For the last two years, the Republican majority has essentially been missing in action when it comes being a coequal branch of government", Schiff said today, promising that Democrats are "not going to be intimidated or threatened" by Trump's warnings against the Democrat-led investigations.

The House Intelligence Committee is set to pursue a wide investigation into attempts to influence the 2016 USA presidential election, including a look at Donald Trump's financial transactions, the panel's Democratic chairman Adam Schiff said on Wednesday. "And it's unfortunate. And it really does hurt our country". They have been undergoing a declassification review. "And I think that's fine because that what they do".

But Schiff's statement suggests not only that the committee will resume a collusion investigation, but that the probe will focus on whether Russians sought to influence any Trump associates.

"The special counsel's office, the Justice Department and its elements will now have access to those transcripts for any goal which will facilitate justice", Schiff said, noting they previously lacked usable access to the transcripts for prosecutor purposes. Mueller "will now have access to those transcripts for any objective that will facilitate justice", Schiff said.

Since then, both Cohen and Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone have been charged with lying to the panel.

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He was sentenced to three years in federal prison in December and is scheduled to report on March 6.

This is the second time Cohen's planned testimony has been either delayed or cancelled. Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying to the House and Senate intelligence committees in a statement about his role in a Trump business proposal in Moscow, acknowledging that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the project in January 2016 when he actually continued pursuing it for months after that.

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

Republicans on the panel issued a joint statement just before the meeting saying that the intelligence agencies' ongoing review is "an unacceptable delay" and Democrats should vote to publish all of the unclassified transcripts immediately. The minority also requested to subpoena "numerous witnesses", including, according to Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, former FBI Director James Comey and a number of Russian nationals.

Schiff said today that the intelligence community had estimated it would finish vetting the transcripts by May or June, but that he was trying to get them to hurry the process by releasing some of the less-sensitive records first. They did not specify which witnesses, however.

He said the majority declined to issue any subpoenas requested by Republicans because the committee meant to seek voluntary testimony before it resorted to compelling witnesses to testify.

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