Less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump issued a call for unity, comity, and bipartisanship in his State of the Union address he attacked a powerful top Democrat, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff.
"SEALED DOCUMENT placed in vault".
Since he testified in 2017, Cohen has turned on the president, cooperating with Mueller's probe and a separate investigation in NY.
It's not clear what the sealed document might be, but it was part of the Mueller docket, and not the Southern District of NY, where Cohen also has a cooperation agreement. Trump has called the probe a "witch-hunt" and denied any collusion. Democrats strongly objected at the time, saying the Republicans prematurely closed the investigation.
"For the last two years, the Republican majority has essentially been missing in action when it comes being a coequal branch of government", Schiff said today, promising that Democrats are "not going to be intimidated or threatened" by Trump's warnings against the Democrat-led investigations.
The committee voted on the step to release the transcripts Wednesday at its organizational meeting, where it announced it will relaunch the probe and focus on five key areas of interest.
Schiff told reporters following a Wednesday meeting by the House Intelligence Committee, which he now chairs, that in accordance with promises made after the November 2018 election, the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election would be reopened.
He was sentenced to three years in prison.
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The panel has previously released select transcripts to the Special Counsel, including that of Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone and Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen.
Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to members of the media outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 17.
Stone is accused of lying to Congress about the 2016 campaign's efforts to use stolen emails to undercut Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
The committee had already voted to release most of the transcripts to the public, but they are still being reviewed by the intelligence community for classified information.
Schiff also said the committee plans to release all transcripts of testimony given to the committee.
Schiff has said Mueller should consider whether additional perjury charges are warranted. Among those whose transcripts would be sent are Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, and former Trump strategist Stephen Bannon. Republicans said they were witnesses who Democrats had previously wanted to come before the panel.
Democrats also opposed a Republican motion at the meeting Wednesday to subpoena several witnesses.