Former Trump Lawyer Cohen’s Congressional Testimony Postponed

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The vote came the morning after President Donald Trump criticized "ridiculous partisan investigations" in his State of the Union speech.

"Neither we nor the special counsel will tolerate efforts by any person to impede any investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, nor to pressure a witness to withhold testimony from or mislead Congress", Schiff said this month.

The new Democrat-controlled House Intelligence Committee met for the first time Wednesday and wasted no time in making some moves. "We're going to do our jobs".

"Congress has a duty to expose foreign interference, hold Russian Federation to account, ensure that USA officials - including the President - are serving the national interest and, if not, are held accountable", Schiff said in a statement.

But not without pushback from Trump, who railed against the idea of Schiff pursuing an investigation into his finances, accusing him of "presidential harassment".

One addition to the committee's newly established five lines of inquiry includes "w$3 hether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates". "The president needs to do his". "That pertains to any credible allegations of leverage by the Russians or the Saudis or anyone else".

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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. "That is exactly how it works", Chairman Elijah Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said in a statement Tuesday.

Schiff said that while special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into the episode, the intelligence committee "must fulfill its responsibility to provide the American people with a comprehensive accounting of what happened, and what the United States must do to protect itself from future interference and malign influence operations".

"The special counsel's office, the Justice Department and its elements will now have access to those transcripts for any objective which will facilitate justice", Schiff told reporters after the committee's vote, adding that the transcripts will be sent to Mueller's investigators immediately.

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

The Committee also voted to release all investigative transcripts to the public in order to provide us "with greater transparency and insight into Russia's operations and the USA government's response". Republicans also sought to to subpoena a dozen officials, including Utah Rep. Chris Stewart and former FBI Director James Comey, but Schiff blocked that, too, arguing it was premature to subpoena witnesses who hadn't refused to testify voluntarily. ODNI has said the transcripts may be ready by May or June of this year. "They need it for evidentiary reasons in a courtroom".

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