The House Intelligence Committee Published Dozens Of Transcripts Of Interrogations On The Russian Probe
The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released transcripts related to the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the Hill reports.
A total of 57 transcripts of interviews conducted by lawmakers in 2017-2018 behind closed doors were published. Among those interviewed is a former adviser to US President Donald Trump Stephen Bannon, son-in-law and senior adviser to Trump Jared Kushner, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former head of US National Intelligence Dan coats and others.
"Despite the numerous barriers put in our way by the then-Republican majority, and the attempts of some key witnesses to lie to us and obstruct our investigation, the transcripts that we publish today show exactly what special Prosecutor Robert Mueller also revealed: that the Trump campaign and Donald Trump himself engaged illegal Russian assistance, took full advantage of this assistance, and then lied and obstructed the investigation to cover up these misconduct," the publication quotes a statement from Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
The Hill recalls that in 2018, both Democrats and Republicans on the Intelligence Committee were unanimous in favor of making the transcripts of the interviews public, but this was officially done just now. However, the main part of the interrogations was already known thanks to leaks in the media, interviews and court hearings, the newspaper notes.
In March 2019, special Prosecutor Mueller's team completed work on a report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 us election and passed it to the attorney general. He announced in a letter to Congress that investigators had found no signs of collusion between the Russian Federation and the Trump campaign staff, but considered Russia's attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election to be proven. The Special Prosecutor also did not press charges against Trump for obstruction of justice, leaving this matter to the discretion of the Attorney General, who concluded that there were no sufficient grounds to charge the President.