Schiff Reopens Intel Panel Probe into Russia-Trump, Gives Mueller Docs

Donald Trump slams 'ridiculous partisan investigations' into his presidency

"It's called presidential harassment and it's unfortunate and it really does hurt our country", Trump said.

Two Republican members of the panel, Reps. Trump has called the probe a "witch-hunt" and denied any collusion. After Cohen pleaded guilty to the Mueller charges on November 29, Trump called his former lawyer a liar, "a weak person and not a very smart person".

Schiff also confirmed that closed-door testimony by Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and fixer, has been delayed to February 28 but didn't comment on why.

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". The Democrat also added that the intelligence panel will be aided by other congressional committees during their investigation.

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".

In December, Cohen was sentenced by a federal judge in Manhattan to three years in prison for crimes including orchestrating hush payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election.

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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. The investigation, Schiff said, would also explore whether Trump or his associates have "sought to influence USA government policy in service of foreign interests" and any potential obstruction into the various investigations. Cohen is still expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for a closed-door interview next Wednesday.

Stone is accused of lying to Congress about the 2016 campaign's efforts to use stolen emails to undercut Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

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

It is unclear if Mueller has since requested any other transcripts, or if he has already seen any of them.

Among the transcripts that would be released would be of interviews with Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; his longtime spokeswoman, Hope Hicks; and his former bodyguard Keith Schiller.

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. Republicans said they were witnesses who Democrats had previously wanted to come before the panel.

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