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House to release interview transcripts from Russia investigation

Adam Schiff speaking to reporters
Rep. Adam Schiff speaking to reporters. Photo: Mark Wilson via Getty Images

The House Intelligence Committee unanimously voted Friday to release 53 transcripts from its investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, including interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions, reports Reuters.

Yes, but: Republicans on the Committee blocked the release of transcripts from some of the investigation's most important witnesses, including former FBI director James Comey. Democratic Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff said the Republicans had no interest in making public anything that could be seen as damaging to President Trump, while a GOP spokesman called his claim part of a Democratic conspiracy.

NYT: Rosenstein discussed rallying cabinet members to remove Trump

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sitting in a hearing with his arms crossed leaning backwards.
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Last year, following the firing of James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed rallying cabinet members to remove Trump from office — by invoking the 25th Amendment — and suggested he secretly record the president in the White House in an effort to "expose the chaos consuming the administration," New York Times' Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt report.

Between the lines: It is not clear how serious Rosenstein was about his plans. The idea to wear a wire when interviewing potential FBI directors with President Trump was never acted upon, according to the Times. Rosentstein reportedly told former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe that he believed he could get Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on board in an effort to remove Trump from the presidency.