House Dems plan to re-interview witnesses from Russia probe

Democrats said they are planning to re-interview witnesses who provided testimony to the House Intelligence Committee following Thursday’s news that President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty for misstatements he made to Congress.

“I think it may just be the tip of the iceberg,” Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHouse Democrats reintroduce bill addressing diversity at State Department Julian Castro joins NBC and MSNBC as political analyst Exclusive: Democrat García will not back reconciliation without immigration MORE (D-Texas) said in an interview with Hill.TV, referring to other witnesses who “have not been fully truthful” in their testimony before the House and Senate Intelligence committees’ investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

House Democrats will have investigative and subpoena powers in January when they take control of the chamber.

When asked if other witnesses might have lied, Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierJimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrate 75th anniversary, longest-married presidential couple Military braces for sea change on justice reform House panel plans mid-July consideration of military justice overhaul MORE (D-Calif.), another member of the House intel panel, told Hill.TV: “Yes, I think there’s no question.”

“We haven’t decided who we are going to call back, but there are a number of people we are confident lied to Congress that need to be called back,” she added.

Castro named one potential witness: Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCould Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? Has Trump beaten the system? Trump is on the ballot whether his name is there or not MORE.

“Based on what I heard, when we were listening to witnesses in the investigation, and what has come out in media reporting, there are inconsistencies with others,” he said. “One of them is Roger Stone.”

Between now and January, Democrats will need to scour transcripts of the earlier interviews to look for discrepencies, according to Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesPelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality House panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps COVID-19 could complicate Pelosi's path to Speaker next year MORE (D-Conn.), another member of the Intelligence Committee.

“We’ve taken hundreds of hours of testimony,” he said. “I think we need to go back to that testimony, look at it in light of the new facts and, by the way, make it public and provide it to the special counsel, because I doubt very much that Michael Cohen is the only one who lied to the Congress.”

“He wasn't the only person close to the president who was asked questions about that development,” Himes said.

House Minority Whip Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Democrats warn leadership against excluding House from infrastructure talks Ethics panel upholds 0 mask fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers MORE (D-Md.) told reporters Thursday that Cohen’s plea deal is one more reason for Congress to protect special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation.

“It appears that there's something to cover up, so we ought to make sure that the Mueller investigation can continue to get to the facts,” Hoyer said. “The American public deserve the truth.”

Democrats and some Republicans may try to include a measure to protect the Mueller investigation in a must-pass spending bill next month.

— Molly K. Hooper