Schiff: 'I Can Understand' Why Trump Is Terrified Of Investigations

Schiff: 'I Can Understand' Why Trump Is Terrified Of Investigations

Schiff: 'I Can Understand' Why Trump Is Terrified Of Investigations

He has also been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear in mid-February. Trump associates Michael Cohen and Roger Stone were charged with lying to the committee based on two transcripts that were previously given to Mueller, reports the New York Times, and Schiff has said Mueller should consider whether additional perjury charges are warranted as part of the special counsel's investigation.

"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. The Democratic chairs of the House Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees have previously indicated their committees would investigate some of the administration's policy choices.

It was the second time this year a congressional appearance by Cohen has been put off.

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".

"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. "It just doesn't work that way!"

"We must be united at home to defeat our adversaries overseas". The Committee also plans to develop legislation and policy reforms to ensure the US government is better positioned to counter future efforts to undermine our political process and national security. "The president should not bring threats to the floor of the House".

I can understand why the idea of meaningful oversight terrifies the President. "That's how the Founding Fathers set it up". The congressman called the president's attempt to "discourage any meaningful oversight" a "non-starter".

The House Intelligence Committee under Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is reopening the Russian Federation campaign influence probe closed by former Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), and the panel's first order of business is sending all probe-related interview transcripts from the 115th Congress to special counsel Robert Mueller "with no restrictions on their use". The witnesses include the president's son Donald Trump Jr., as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress late past year after testifying that Trump directed him to cover up evidence during his testimony that talks about a prospective Trump Tower Moscow deal between the real estate mogul and the Russian government continued beyond January 2016, when Trump claimed they had stopped.

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