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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat Adam Schiff says of the House Intelligence Committee’s new investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election: “We’re going to do our jobs.”

WASHINGTON -- The House intelligence committee will launch a broad new investigation looking at Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests, committee chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday, moving ahead with the aggressive oversight that Democrats have promised now that they are in the majority.

Schiff said the investigation will include "the scope and scale" of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the "extent of any links and/or coordination" between Russians and Trump's associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over Trump or his family and associates, and whether anyone has sought to obstruct any of the relevant investigations.

The announcement came one day after Trump criticized "ridiculous partisan investigations" in his State of the Union speech. Schiff dismissed those comments Wednesday.

"We're going to do our jobs, and the president needs to do his," Schiff said. "Our job involves making sure that the policy of the United States is being driven by the national interest, not by any financial entanglement, financial leverage or other form of compromise."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared that the House would not be cowed by the president's "all-out threat" to drop its investigations of his administration.

"It's our congressional responsibility, and if we didn't do it, we would be delinquent in that," Pelosi said of the House's oversight role.

Schiff, a California Democrat, also announced a delay in a forthcoming closed interview with Trump's former fixer and personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, "in the interests of the investigation." The interview was originally scheduled for Friday. It will now be held on Feb. 28, Schiff said.

Schiff said he could not speak about the reason for the delay. Hours after the meeting was pushed back, a document was filed, and then deleted, under seal in the criminal case against Cohen filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office. The court's docket did not contain any details about the nature of the document. A later notice said the document had been "incorrectly filed in this case."

Special counsel spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment, as did Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen.

The intelligence committee also voted Wednesday to send Mueller the transcripts from the panel's earlier Russia investigation. Republicans ended that probe in March, concluding that there was no evidence of conspiracy or collusion between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign. Democrats strongly objected at the time, saying the move was premature.

Since then, Cohen and Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone have been charged with lying to the panel. Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying to the House and Senate intelligence committees about his role in a Trump business proposal in Moscow. He acknowledged that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the project in January 2016 when he actually continued pursuing it for months after that.

Stone pleaded innocent to charges last month that he lied to the House panel about his discussions during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy group that released thousands of emails stolen from Democrats. Stone is also charged with obstructing the House probe by encouraging one of his associates, New York radio host Randy Credico, to refuse to testify before the House panel to conceal Stone's false statements.

Schiff has said Mueller should consider whether additional perjury charges are warranted.

The committee had already voted to release most of the transcripts to the public, but the documents are still being reviewed by the intelligence community for classified information.

Mueller requested Stone's interview transcript last year, and the panel voted to release it in December. Schiff wouldn't say whether Mueller had requested other transcripts, but noted that the committee had voted to withhold a small number of transcripts from the public and also that some witnesses had been interviewed since then. The transmission of the transcripts to Mueller, expected immediately, will give him full access to all of the committee's interviews.

Among the transcripts are interviews with Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; his longtime spokesman, Hope Hicks; and his former bodyguard Keith Schiller. There are dozens of other transcripts of interviews with former Obama administration officials and Trump associates.

Information for this article was contributed by Chad Day of The Associated Press; and by Nicholas Fandos of The New York Times.

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  • 23cal
    February 7, 2019 at 7:52 a.m.

    Is this the guy Donnie refers to as Little Adam Schitt? How clever.
    "Schiff said the investigation will include "the scope and scale" of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, the "extent of any links and/or coordination" between Russians and Trump's associates, whether foreign actors have sought to hold leverage over Trump or his family and associates, and whether anyone has sought to obstruct any of the relevant investigations."
    Who is so un-American they don't want all of the details of the Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election-----you know, that would be the Russian intervention Donnie denies happened at all---what kind of patriotic American wouldn't want that exposed and dealt with so it stops happening? Those of you with an interest in democracy might want to note it hasn't been dealt with because Donnie can't admit it happened.
    What fan of clean democracy wouldn't want the nation to know "the "extent of any links and/or coordination" between Russians and Trump's associates"? We KNOW----absolutely and unequivocally---- that there were SOME links and coordination between Russians and Trump's associates.
    I suspect this is where the usual trolls will riff off of Trump's "No Collusion" trumpeting. We know----absolutely---there was collusion between the campaign and the Russians. We don't KNOW, yet, if it reached all the way to Donnie. At least, we haven't seen the proof of that.....yet. However, thanks to Flynn and Papadopolous, we know there were links and coordination. By the way, for those who keep screaming "no collusion", Mueller's mandate specified "links and coordination."
    ".....whether anyone has sought to obstruct any of the relevant investigations." Obstruction of justice is a crime. Surely all of the people who regularly lose their Schitt over the misdemeanor crime of illegal immigration will be up in arms over the felony of obstructing investigations into those who may have violated the bedrock of our democracy, the electoral process. Right? I'm expecting to hear from the "We're a nation of laws" folks loudly about this, ummmmkay?

  • whereawolf47gmailcom
    February 7, 2019 at 10:05 a.m.

    Who could be so Un-American as to NOT want to know why Obama and HELLary allowed 4 Americans to be killed / slaughtered and then sent a "comrade" to the airwaves to LIE about a video and then HELLary testify with over 50 answers of "I don't recall" "I don't remember" "I have no recollection of that" and who could be so Un-American as to NOT want to know about NATIONAL SECURITY VIOLATIONS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION being sent around the world on a "private server" personal unsecured cell phone in "thousands and thousands" of TEXT MESSAGES and then being destroyed????
    To date...NO AMERICAN LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST in the Russia Russia COLLUSION TWO (2) YEARS of witch hunting!!!

  • 23cal
    February 7, 2019 at 11:05 a.m.

    There were EIGHT investigations into Benghazi and they all came up with bupkis. How many do you need to be satisfied and where were you while all of these played out? It seems you want to keep having them until you get the conclusion you want.
    By the way, your lust for persecution of the object of your hatred even if achieved wouldn't actually do anything except make you feel good. Right now addressing Trump and the ONGOING Russian interference in our elections can actually impact what is happening NOW and likely to impact our next election.

  • Seitan
    February 7, 2019 at 11:33 a.m.

    Let the games begin.

  • GeneralMac
    February 7, 2019 at 11:54 a.m.

    Susan Rice was......"EXHIBIT A"..for proof of FAKE news.

    The sad part is Barack HUSSEIN Obama rewarded her with a promotion afterwards.

  • RBear
    February 7, 2019 at 12:22 p.m.

    Whereawolf - another to add to the BSC loons on the right.

  • tngilmer
    February 7, 2019 at 4:38 p.m.

    So Schiff is basically going to waste taxpayers' money redoing the Mueller investigation?