Feb 6, 2019

House Intel votes to release Russia probe transcripts to Mueller

Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday that the panel has voted to release all witness transcripts related to the Russia investigation to the Department of Justice and special counsel Robert Mueller.

Why it matters: Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone and former personal attorney Michael Cohen have both been indicted for lying to the committee. Schiff has previously said that he would like Mueller to review the transcripts to determine whether other witnesses, including Donald Trump Jr. and Erik Prince, may have also lied during their testimonies.

Now that Democrats are in the House majority, Schiff said the renewed investigation will examine...

  1. “The scope and scale of the Russian government’s operations to influence the U.S. political process, and the U.S. government’s response, during and since the 2016 election.”
  2. “The extent of any links and/or coordination between the Russian government, or related foreign actors, and individuals associated with Donald Trump’s campaign, transition, administration, or business interests, in furtherance of the Russian government’s interests.”
  3. “Whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates.”
  4. "Whether President Trump, his family, or associates are/were at heightened risk of, or vulnerable to, foreign exploitation, inducement, manipulation, pressure, or coercion.”
  5. “Whether any actors — foreign or domestic — sought or are seeking to impede obstruct, and/or mislead authorized investigations into these matters, including those in Congress.”

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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