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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 TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills 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 CastroState Department establishes chief officer in charge of diversity Texas governor faces criticism over handling of winter storm fallout DC bureau chief for The Intercept: Impeachment managers became 'like the dog who caught the car' when permitted to call witnesses 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 SpeierHillicon Valley: Google lifting ban on political ads | DHS taking steps on cybersecurity | Controversy over TV 'misinformation rumor mills' House Democrats urge Biden to make his pick for acting FCC chair permanent Lawmakers clash over gun prohibition in Natural Resources Committee room 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 StoneDOJ investigating whether Alex Jones, Roger Stone played role in Jan. 6 riots: WaPo Nearly a quarter of Trump's Facebook posts in 2020 included misinformation: analysis Federal prosecutors investigated Proud Boys ties to Roger Stone in 2019 case: CNN 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 HimesHouse panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps COVID-19 could complicate Pelosi's path to Speaker next year Democrats debate fate of Trump probes if Biden wins 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 HoyerGeorge Floyd police reform bill reintroduced in House House conservatives push back on efforts to revive earmarks Hoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday MORE (D-Md.) told reporters Thursday that Cohen’s plea deal is one more reason for Congress to protect special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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