The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a vote this week on sending more transcripts to the Justice Department. The panel’s website says members will vote on Wednesday regarding the “transmission of Certain Committee Transcripts to the Department of Justice.” Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said last week the first thing his panel would do in the new term would be to release all remaining transcripts from their Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller. “Neither we nor the Special Counsel will tolerate efforts by any person to impede any investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, nor to pressure a witness to withhold testimony from or mislead Congress,” Schiff said in a statement released after longtime associate Roger Stone was indicted as part of Mueller’s investigation.
A grand jury indicted Stone on seven counts of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstructing a congressional inquiry about communications with WikiLeaks — stemming from his interview with the House Intelligence Committee in September 2017 as part of its own investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The intelligence panel voted late last year to release Stone’s transcript to Mueller’s team.
In total, the House Intelligence Committee interviewed 73 witnesses as part of the Russia probe in the last Congress. The committee voted in September to release some of the transcripts, which were then sent to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for a classification review. The committee at the time was chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who is now the ranking member.