All Russia investigation transcripts from House Intelligence to be released

Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr and vice-chairman Mark Warner prepare for a hearing about

"He's just a political hack trying who's trying to build a name for himself".

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 indicated that the panel had uncovered evidence of such vulnerabilities while under Republican leadership but neglected to pursue it. Trump has called the probe a "witch-hunt" and denied any collusion.

The Intelligence panel previously agreed to send Mueller the closed-door testimony of Roger Stone, a long-time confidant of Trump.

Schiff told reporters following a Wednesday meeting by the House Intelligence Committee, which he now chairs, that in accordance with promises made after the November 2018 election, the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election would be reopened. The committee did vote to release most of the transcripts to the public, but they are still being reviewed by the intelligence community for classified information.

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.

The panel voted in closed session to release the documents and conducted more procedural business, during its first meeting under the leadership of its new Committee Chairman, Democrat Adam Schiff.

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

Trump said that Schiff had "no basis" for his investigation, noting that he felt unfairly targeted by Democrats. 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.

House Intelligence Committee Republicans said in a joint statement that they're "happy" about making "all the transcripts available to the executive branch, including the Special Counsel's office, as part of the process of publishing them for the American people to see".

Schiff also said the committee plans to release all transcripts of testimony given to the committee.

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

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.

"That was a threat", Pelosi told reporters after a Democratic Caucus meeting.

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