House Committee Plans Vote To Hand Over Transcripts To Mueller
The Democratic leadership of the House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a vote for Wednesday on the issue of whether transcripts from testimonies made to that committee in the past should be given to Russia special counsel Robert Mueller to examine.
The vote, if successful, would allow Mueller to view transcripts of key witnesses who have spoken to the committee on the issue of Russian interference in our nation’s elections in 2016, per reporting from Vice News.
It’s a vote that’s likely to succeed, as Democrats control the House of Representatives and thus have more votes on the committee itself. That means a vote, if it goes along partisan lines, would allow the transcripts to be sent to Mueller.
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Democrats have signaled that they believe several of the witnesses who have appeared before the committee may have lied during their testimonies. They’re hopeful that Mueller’s access to the committee’s transcripts will allow the special counsel to determine whether additional charges of perjury or lying to the FBI are warranted.
Among those who may be looked at is Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) has gone on record of saying that Trump Jr. may have lied “on at least two occasions” to the committee, per previous reporting from Hill Reporter.
Other names with connections to President Trump who spoke to the committee, who may be looked at for instances of lying to lawmakers, include the following:
- Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser;
- Brad Parscale, digital media director for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign;
- Keith Schiller, Trump’s former bodyguard;
- Alexander Nix, former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm that aided the Trump campaign;
- Erik Prince, the founder of private security firm Blackwater, an ardent supporter of Trump’s, and brother to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos;
- Hope Hicks, the former communications director for the White House;
- Felix Sater, a former Trump real estate associate;
- and Steve Bannon, a former White House chief strategist and the chief executive of Trump’s campaign during the final months of the 2016 election season.
The vote to release these transcripts had been planned by Democrats on the Intelligence Committee for some time now. However, because Republican leadership delayed naming individuals to the committee, Democrats were unable to schedule a vote to do so.
Republicans lawmakers were finally named as members of the committee by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last Wednesday, according to reporting from NBC News, which allowed Democrats to schedule the vote this week.