Stefanik votes to share interviews with Russia probe

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined her colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee to make all transcripts of witnesses available to the special counsel’s office.

The committee, which is now controlled by Democrats, voted in a closed hearing Wednesday to send testimony regarding the Russia inquiry to special counsel Robert Mueller.

The vote was unanimous.

“In September 2018, Congresswoman Stefanik voted with her colleagues on the Intelligence Committee to make all transcripts available to the executive branch, including the Special Counsel’s office, as part of the process of publishing them for the American people to see,” Stefanik spokesperson Maddie Anderson said in a statement. “Today, Congresswoman Stefanik joined her colleagues to unanimously vote to release the transcripts to the Mueller Investigation.”

The statement provided no further explanation for her vote.

According to published reports, the records the committee approved to be sent to Mueller involve testimony from about 50 interviews in the case.

Mueller’s investigators had access to the “substance” of the transcripts but could not level perjury charges until they were transmitted by the committee, according to committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff.

Schiff said he ultimately wants the testimonial transcripts released to the public.

Last March, Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she had faith in the Mueller investigation.

“I have been concerned about the politicization and leaks throughout this Congressional investigation, which is why I will continue to be an outspoken supporter of the Mueller investigation, which I believe is best equipped and our best hope to get to the apolitical truth,” she said in a news release at the time.