House Intelligence Committee To Release All Russia Probe Transcripts
Representative Adam Schiff, speaking on behalf of the House Intelligence Committee, announced Friday that documents from the committee’s investigation will be handed over to the Special Counsel. All transcripts of interviews in the probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election will be released, as the “first order of business.” He also warned that there will be no tolerance of anyone attempting to prevent witnesses from testifying.
Schiff released the statement Friday afternoon, speaking of the arrest and indictment of Roger Stone, a long-time Trump associate, and noting that an unnamed senior campaign official had reportedly been directed to contact Stone in 2016 about the release of emails from Clinton’s private server.
Most significant in the Stone indictment is new info that a senior campaign official was “directed” in July 2016 to contact Mr. Stone about additional Wikileaks releases.
This was at same time candidate Trump was publicly calling for Russia’s help in obtaining Clinton’s emails. pic.twitter.com/wtDDmHwyWt
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 25, 2019
The full statement, with emphasis added:
The indictment of Rodger Stone released today by the Special Counsel, provides new and important detail about the Trump campaign’s effort to acquire dirt on Hillary Clinton, which Wikileaks possessed in the form of thousands of emails stolen from her campaign by agents of the Kremlin. It also details the extent to which Mr. Stone knew about Wikileaks’ future release of stolen emails, and lied to our committee about it. Most significant is the allegation that a senior campaign official was ‘directed’ in July 2016 to contact Mr. Stone about additional Wikileaks releases. Our committee will be eager to learn who just who directed a senior campaign official to contact Stone about additional damaging information held by Wikileaks, one of the publishing arms of Russian government hackers.
It is also significant to this outrage took places place days before Donald Trump called on Russia to ‘find the 30,000 emails that are missing’ from Hillary Clinton’s email server. This would mean at the very time then-candidate Trump was publicly encouraging Russia’s help in acquiring Clinton-related emails, his campaign was privately receiving information about the planned release or stolen Clinton emails.
This is now a second witness who has been indicted for or pled guilty to making false statements in testimony before our committee. These prosecutions should make it abundantly clear that those who appear before congressional investigators and attempt to mislead us will be held to account. Neither we nor the special counsel will tolerate efforts by any person to impede any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, nor to pressure a witness to withhold testimony or mislead Congress. The first order of business for the committee will be to release all remaining transcripts to the Special Counsel’s office, and we will continue to follow the facts wherever they lead.
According to Reuters, Schiff, along with House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, also stated they will expect testimony to both committees from Michael Cohen. Cohen had previously agreed to testify on February 7th, then changed plans, citing threats to his family. Schiff and Cummings say that they understand security concerns, but won’t allow them to stand in the way of uncovering the truth, and that they are in communication with attorneys for Cohen to plan a time for his testimony.
Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, tweeted on Sunday to accuse Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani of threats, smear attacks, and witness tampering.
#Republicans and #Democrats need to stand up now and denounce the daily threats and smear attacks against @michaelcohen212 and his family. @RealDonaldTrump @potus @rudyGiuliani… what they are doing is called obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Silence unacceptable.
— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) January 20, 2019
As seen in the statement above, Schiff addressed witness tampering, warning that Roger Stone’s arrest can be seen as a sign of what anyone attempting to silence witnesses can expect.