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.
But not without pushback from Trump, who railed against the idea of Schiff pursuing an investigation into his finances, accusing him of "presidential harassment".
Democrats newly in control of the House of Representatives have planned numerous investigations of Trump, his business interests and his administration.
A sealed document was placed in a vault as part of the special counsel case against former Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen.
The Republican majority in the last Congress ended the probe in March, stating that they agreed with the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's campaign influence operation "except with respect to Putin's supposed preference for candidate Trump". Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying to the House and Senate intelligence committees about his role in a Trump business proposal in Moscow. The committee did, however, supply Mueller with transcripts when requested, such as former Trump adviser Roger Stone's, for which he is now indicted by Mueller, charged that he lied in those interviews.
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.
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The president has long branded the special counsel's probe a "witch hunt". Stone is also charged with obstructing the House probe by encouraging one of his associates, NY radio host Randy Credico, to refuse to testify before the House panel in an effort to hide Stone's false statements.
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.
Mueller requested Stone's interview transcript previous year and the panel voted to release it in December, ahead of the January charges.
In the previous Congress, Schiff tried to send the unredacted transcripts to Mueller, but was stifled by Republicans, who said that Mueller's office had not requested them, CNN noted. It is possible that Mueller could have gained access to the documents through the intelligence agencies that are reviewing them.
Among the transcripts are interviews with Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; his longtime spokeswoman, Hope Hicks; and his former bodyguard Keith Schiller.
Republicans Wednesday made motions to publish unclassified transcripts of interviews with the committee, but Democrats blocked them, saying there actually was some classified material in those transcripts, CNN reported.
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Brady, however, had the New England offense on the move ringing up 407 yards of offense but were their own worst enemy committing uncharacteristic errors.