All Russia investigation transcripts from House Intelligence to be released

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Trump has repeatedly called the Justice Department investigation a "witch hunt" and insists there was no collusion.

The panel is meeting Wednesday for the first time since a Democrat, Adam Schiff of California, became chairman with the new House majority.

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 scoffed Wednesday at Trump's assertion in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday that "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".

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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. "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation".

Cohen was also scheduled to speak to the House Oversight and Reform Committee this week but pulled out, citing threats from Trump and the president's attorney-spokesman, Rudy Giuliani.

"The special counsel's office, the Justice Department and its elements will now have access to those transcripts for any objective which will facilitate justice", Schiff told reporters after the committee's vote, adding that the transcripts will be sent to Mueller's investigators immediately. Democrats had previously pushed the GOP-led committee to release all of the transcripts to Mueller, but Republicans said Mueller hadn't requested them.

Democrats have previously questioned the president's financial ties to Saudi Arabia, a country Trump has boasted about making millions of dollars from.

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"In the interests of the investigation, Michael Cohen's testimony has been postponed until February 28th", Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a statement on Wednesday. "That pertains to any credible allegations of leverage by the Russians or the Saudis or anyone else".

Cohen, who is expected to begin a three-year prison sentence next month for lying to Congress and committing financial crimes, was due to appear before the House Intelligence panel for a closed-door interview this week. 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.

It is unclear if Mueller has since requested any other transcripts, or if he has already seen any of them. "They need it for evidentiary reasons in a courtroom".

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