House Intel committee postpones Michael Cohen's testimony

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"The committee also plans to release to the public all investigation transcripts, as it is committed to providing the American public with greater transparency and insight into Russia's operations and the US government's response", Schiff said after the Intelligence Committee met today.

Schiff said the investigation will include "the scope and scale" of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the "extent of any links and/or coordination" between Russians and Trump's associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over Trump or his family and associates, and whether anyone has sought to obstruct any of the relevant investigations.

Schiff indicated that the panel had uncovered evidence of such vulnerabilities while under Republican leadership but neglected to pursue it.

Democrats have long questioned whether some witnesses lied to lawmakers during those interviews, and they plan to make obstruction of justice another focus of their planned probe. "And it's unfortunate. And it really does hurt our country".

Hours after the meeting was pushed back, a document was filed, and then deleted, under seal in the criminal case against Cohen brought by special counsel Robert Mueller's office. In the meantime, members have said, they think Mueller is best equipped to determine who is telling the truth.

Mueller "will now have access to those transcripts for any objective that will facilitate justice", Schiff told reporters. Mueller "will now have access to those transcripts for any objective that will facilitate justice", Schiff said.

Schiff said the panel would release transcripts of all interviews after Roger Stone, a longtime ally of Trump, was charged with lying to Congress.

Cohen, who is set to go to prison on March 6 after pleading guilty to crimes including campaign finance violations during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, was scheduled to appear before the panel for closed testimony on Thursday.

Schiff told The Washington Post a year ago that there's a "whole set of potential financial conflicts of interests and emoluments problems that Congress will need to get to the bottom of" when it comes to the president's relationship with the Middle Eastern nation.

Republicans Wednesday made motions to publish unclassified transcripts of interviews with the committee, but Democrats blocked them, saying there actually was some classified material in those transcripts, CNN reported.

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".

Schiff also told reporters Wednesday that the House Intelligence Committee will not be "intimidated or threatened" by Trump's comments.

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

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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