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Washington - House Democrats Plan To Send Trump Aides' Transcripts To Mueller

Published on: December 6, 2018 10:56 AM
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Washington - Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January plan to send Special Counsel Robert Mueller the transcripts of testimony by some of President Donald Trump’s closest associates so they can be reviewed for evidence and possible falsehoods, said three sources familiar with the matter.

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Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, son Donald Trump Jr, former advisers Roger Stone and Corey Lewandowski, personal aide Rhona Graff and former personal aides Hope Hicks and Keith Schiller all testified before the House Intelligence Committee while it was under control of its outgoing Republican majority.

The sources said the transcripts of those interviews will be among those sent to Mueller’s team, which is investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign team.

Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, last week pleaded guilty to lying to two congressional committees about a proposed Trump Organization skyscraper in Moscow, including efforts to push ahead with the project even as Trump was running for president.

That guilty plea triggered speculation that Democrats would push again to have the testimony of other Trump associates reviewed.

At a House Intelligence Committee meeting in late September, Republicans rejected a proposal by Democrats that the full transcripts of interviews conducted by the committee during its own probe into allegations of Russian election interference be sent to Mueller and his team.

Republicans did vote at that meeting to send 53 transcripts to the Director of National Intelligence for declassification and eventual release.

So far, the committee has only made public the transcripts of interviews with three witnesses: former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, private military contractor Erik Prince, and Glenn Simpson, the founder of a research firm which hired a former British spy to produce a controversial dossier on alleged links between Trump and Russia.

A spokesman for the committee’s incoming Democratic chairman, Representative Adam Schiff, said sending the transcripts to Mueller would not constitute a recommendation that criminal charges be brought, although that has also not been ruled out.

“We do not foreclose the possibility of making a referral, but all we have decided is to provide the Special Counsel with the transcripts so that his team can evaluate them for evidence as well as potential perjury,” said the spokesman, Patrick Boland.

In public statements, Schiff has singled out Roger Stone, who was an informal Trump campaign adviser, as someone who may have tried to mislead the committee.

Two sources told Reuters that they expect Mueller’s office to examine the transcripts of the testimony from Stone as well as key Trump associates including Kushner and Donald Jr for possible falsehoods.

Stone’s lawyer, Grant Smith, said Stone’s testimony to Congress was “entirely accurate.”

Lawyers for Kushner, Trump Jr, Hicks and Graff declined to comment. Lawyers for Lewandowski and Schiller did not respond to requests for comment.

Committee sources said that in his closed-door testimony, Stone denied engaging in communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or his WikiLeaks website, which in the weeks before the 2016 election published hundreds of emails hacked from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.

Private Twitter messages seen by Reuters showed that Stone did have limited pre-election communications with both WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, a hacker who made public Democratic Party documents during the summer of 2016 and whom U.S. intelligence agencies say was a cover name used by Russian military intelligence.

Attorney Grant Smith, who said he was present during his client Stone’s House committee testimony, said the private Twitter messages with WikiLeaks were disclosed to the panel during Stone’s testimony.

Stone has denied that he ever had advance or insider access to any hacked Democratic Party or Clinton campaign materials released by either website.



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 Dec 06, 2018 at 11:01 AM elyeh Says:

Should they also send all the other transcripts that Congress may have from the past - Clinton etc. ?

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 12:40 PM Dr_Obvious Says:

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elyeh Says:

Should they also send all the other transcripts that Congress may have from the past - Clinton etc. ?

Clinton testified openly about Benghazi; there's no reason to send transcripts. They are publicly available. The Republicans who investigated her found nothing they could charge her over. Keep dreaming about Hillary going to prison...your boy Paul Manafort will be there soon.

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 02:54 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Dr_Obvious Says:

Clinton testified openly about Benghazi; there's no reason to send transcripts. They are publicly available. The Republicans who investigated her found nothing they could charge her over. Keep dreaming about Hillary going to prison...your boy Paul Manafort will be there soon.

Oh wiow now the lawyer is gone and the dr is here. Where have you been for the past 3 months? Funny how all of a sudden you pop back in? Just curious how do you decide which one of your multiple screen names to use? When do you pick which one? How do you keep track of all your lies?

Ymasar/yoni, I have caught you quite a few times already. Do us a favor and stick to one name you loser.

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 02:57 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
Dr_Obvious Says:

Clinton testified openly about Benghazi; there's no reason to send transcripts. They are publicly available. The Republicans who investigated her found nothing they could charge her over. Keep dreaming about Hillary going to prison...your boy Paul Manafort will be there soon.

Keep dreaming about Trump going to prison. It ain't happening.

And yes this is just a new added whitchhunt. lets find another gottcha moment. Such lies and so fake.

Manafort will be pardoned and rightfully so. Dream on fake dr.

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 05:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Manafort will be pardoned and rightfully so. Dream on fake dr.

Hard to know who is less ethical, Archie or Drump

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 05:40 PM Dr_Obvious Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Oh wiow now the lawyer is gone and the dr is here. Where have you been for the past 3 months? Funny how all of a sudden you pop back in? Just curious how do you decide which one of your multiple screen names to use? When do you pick which one? How do you keep track of all your lies?

Ymasar/yoni, I have caught you quite a few times already. Do us a favor and stick to one name you loser.

I'm a busy man. Posting is not my priority. PS I'm not Yoni or a lawyer (or a medical doctor either for that matter). Tell your beloved VIN to make a normal username process instead of one that people can spoof and then you can stop whining about people who disagree with you.
Seems like in your mind Trump has a 99.99% approval rating with Yoni as the only holdout. I promise that's not true.

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 07:33 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #6  
Dr_Obvious Says:

I'm a busy man. Posting is not my priority. PS I'm not Yoni or a lawyer (or a medical doctor either for that matter). Tell your beloved VIN to make a normal username process instead of one that people can spoof and then you can stop whining about people who disagree with you.
Seems like in your mind Trump has a 99.99% approval rating with Yoni as the only holdout. I promise that's not true.

Facts are 85% of frum Jews support trump . To think tnat all of a sudden 85% on vin don't support trump ? Just odd
Funny how yoni wrote the other day that he is a busy man too .

Listen buddy it's " obvious " who you are . Got it dr?

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 09:37 PM puppydogs Says:

I surprised they didn't bleachbit like Hillary did with her emails.

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 10:00 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope low IQ Americans who voted for democrats to get back the house are happy that this is what will be done with our tax dollars, and what the govt will be spending their time being busy with, rather than helping Trump continue in his wildly successful policies to make our economy soar and our country to regain its greatness. Liberal idiots get what they deserve.

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 10:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Dr_Obvious Says:

Clinton testified openly about Benghazi; there's no reason to send transcripts. They are publicly available. The Republicans who investigated her found nothing they could charge her over. Keep dreaming about Hillary going to prison...your boy Paul Manafort will be there soon.

There’s new proof found of the deep corruption, thievery and criminality in the Clinton foundation. Hopefully heads will soon roll,

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 Dec 06, 2018 at 10:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Keep dreaming about Trump going to prison. It ain't happening.

And yes this is just a new added whitchhunt. lets find another gottcha moment. Such lies and so fake.

Manafort will be pardoned and rightfully so. Dream on fake dr.

Toni is also hashomer. Lately hashitmer has forgotten to use his typical bad English and spelling mistakes and instead sounded exactly like yoni, THATS BECAUSE THEYRE THE SAME PERSON

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 Dec 07, 2018 at 11:00 AM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Reply to #3  
Educated Archy Says:

Oh wiow now the lawyer is gone and the dr is here. Where have you been for the past 3 months? Funny how all of a sudden you pop back in? Just curious how do you decide which one of your multiple screen names to use? When do you pick which one? How do you keep track of all your lies?

Ymasar/yoni, I have caught you quite a few times already. Do us a favor and stick to one name you loser.

This is Yoni (A duh moment for normal people...but I'm sure not for you). You have made allegations scores of times...you have not ever "caught" anyone. You are delusional Archy...a delusional, paranoid, groupie storm trooper for your idol, Trump. Better you should attach to a Rebbe, Archy.

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