With a one-year delay, the testimony that the main persons involved in the investigation gave to the House of Representatives about the alleged collusion of Trump’s staff with Russia was published
The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday delayed to release transcripts of lawmakers’ investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election..
The chairman of the committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, gave the go-ahead for the publication of 57 transcripts of the meetings, which were chaired by Congressmen on the Intelligence Committee behind closed doors. Lawmakers have tried to find out if Trump’s campaign staff coordinated their actions with Russia. Although the report itself was published back in 2018, the transcripts of the meetings with the participation of the defendants in the case have not yet been published, since the National Intelligence has been getting acquainted with their contents all this time..
Although former Special Attorney Robert Mueller, who led the investigation, found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s headquarters and Russia, Democrats and Republicans were divided over the testimony they received..
In connection with the publication of the documents, Adam Schiff issued a statement in which he emphasized that the transcripts, in his opinion, prove the fact that Russia sought to help Donald Trump and harm Hillary Clinton, the opponent of the current president in the 2016 elections..
“Despite the many barriers erected by the then Republican majority [in the House of Representatives] and the attempts of some key witnesses to lie to us and obstruct our investigation, the transcripts we publish today show exactly what Special Attorney Robert Mueller also said: Trump headquarters and Donald Trump himself welcomed illegal aid from Russia, took full advantage of this aid, and then lied and obstructed investigations to cover up this misconduct, “Schiff said in a statement..
Released transcripts include previously unpublished testimonies of key members of the Trump team and representatives of the president’s family, including Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s 2016 campaign chief Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s chief communications officer Hope Hicks. Brad Parscale, Trump’s electronic media director of staff; and another Trump campaigner, Carter Page, whom the FBI suspected of having ties to Russia.
Lawmakers also obtained testimony from senior officials of the Barack Obama administration – former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, ex-presidential advisors Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes, and acting. FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The committee voted to publish the transcripts back in 2018, but the release date was delayed in 2019 when the Democratic Party took control of the House of Representatives. After the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced that it wanted to share part of the transcripts with the White House, the Democrats objected, and the publication of the transcripts was in limbo until the National Intelligence finished reviewing all the transcripts and gave the go-ahead for their publication..
The Russian Intelligence Committee investigation began in 2017 on a bipartisan basis and quickly escalated into a bitter struggle between the two parties. Republicans who participated in the investigation believe that the testimony they received does not prove collusion between the Trump team and Russia, but Democrats argue that the Republicans did not issue subpoenas to obtain key documents or force witnesses to answer key questions for the investigation..
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According to Fox News, citing sources in the Intelligence Committee, none of the 53 witnesses was able to provide evidence of collusion between Trump’s headquarters and Moscow..
“The transcripts show a complete lack of evidence, even though Schiff personally stated that he had more than circumstantial evidence that collusion took place,” a source in the Russian investigation told Fox News..
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