Adam Schiff Expands House Intel’s Trump Investigation

Rep. Adam Schiff, new chair of the House Intelligence Committee speaks to members of the media on Jan. 17 2019

A former federal prosecutor explained Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller will have more ammo than ever before now that he's gotten transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation probe interviews.

"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations", Trump added.

"We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries overseas", Trump said in his annual State of the Union address.

"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.

"That pertains to any credible allegations of leverage by the Russians or the Saudis or anyone else", Schiff told reporters following the House Intelligence Committee's first meeting in the new Congress, according to CNN. "We're going to do our job and won't be distracted or intimidated by threats or attacks". "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 also announced the renewed Russiagate probe would go "beyond Russia" to include Trump's financial interests and "whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business or his associates".

"The American people have a right to know - indeed, a need to know - that the president is acting on their behalf and not for some pecuniary or other reason", Schiff said.

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.

Schiff said his committee would work with other House panels that "share a like interest and a concern".

Schiff laid out five areas the Democrat-controlled committee plans to investigate.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russia's role in the election and whether there was any collusion or obstruction of justice by the Trump team. Schiff wouldn't say whether Mueller had requested other transcripts, but noted that the committee had voted to withhold a small number of transcripts from the public and also that some witnesses had been interviewed since then. Both have pleaded guilty or been indicted for lying to Congress.

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

He has also been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear in mid-February.

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

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