Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Testimony of Trump ex-lawyer Michael Cohen postponed

Testimony of Trump ex-lawyer Michael Cohen postponed

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.

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 President's actions and posture towards Russian Federation during the campaign, transition, and administration have only heightened fears of foreign financial or other leverage over President Trump and underscore the need to determine whether he or those in his Administration have acted in service of foreign interests since taking office", Schiff said in a statement announcing the expanded investigation.

At his Tuesday State of the Union address, Trump warned Democrats not to impede his agenda with investigations into his administration, even though executive oversight is Congress' constitutional prerogative.

Democrats complained forcefully previous year that Republicans had blocked their effort and denied their request to subpoena key witnesses.

If Trump wasn't afraid of something "that might be there that he did that was wrong" he would "shrug his shoulders", Schumer said, and let the investigations go forward.

As part of that oversight, Schiff said the committee would be broadening the parameters of its investigation into interference by Russian Federation and other foreign entities during and since the 2016 election.

Schiff told reporters that the transcripts, which would be sent to Mueller immediately, include material that the Special Counsel's office has not seen previously.

"In the interests of the investigation, Michael Cohen's testimony has been postponed" until February 28, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement. He also noted, "That pertains to any credible allegations of leverage by the Russians or the Saudis or anyone else".

Schiff also said the committee plans to release all transcripts of testimony given to the committee. He has pleaded not guilty.

Mueller requested Stone's interview transcript previous year and the panel voted to release it in December.

In his remarks to press, Schiff indicated the committee would seek to "expedite" the release of some transcripts, saying ODNI expected to complete its review by May or June. Devin Nunes, Schiff's Republican counterpart, called on the committee Wednesday to make public all unclassified interview transcripts from the investigation. "They need it for evidentiary reasons in a courtroom".

"Additionally, we call on our Democratic colleagues to grant our request to subpoena numerous witnesses whose testimony the Democrats had previously sought in connection with the committee's Russian Federation investigation", the GOPs added. Reps. Himes, Carson, Swalwell and Sewell were appointed as chairs of four new subcommittees created to focus on "core missions" across the intelligence community.

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