Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

The House Intel Committee's Conclusions on Russia Are a Complete Joke

US President Donald Trump has long denied he colluded with Russia to help him win the 2016 US election PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS AP US President Donald Trump has long denied he colluded with Russia to help him win the 2016 US election
Charlie Simmons | 14 March, 2018, 00:34

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough slammed the conclusions of House Intelligence Committee Republicans who announced on Monday that their investigation found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election. "We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings".

A Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee condemned his GOP colleagues for shuttering its Russian Federation investigation, saying the panel has "lost all credibility".

To be fair, none of the special counsel's case made public so far contradicts the House committee finding that no collusion occurred between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign. "We don't have any evidence that the Clinton campaign itself or the DNC knew what was going on".

"I've read a lot about it, but I haven't seen any" evidence of collusion, Burr said.

Rooney said the Republicans' final report will conclude Russian Federation didn't try helping President Trump's standings.

USA intelligence agencies are due to review the draft report and declassify it before it is made available to the public.

Following the news of the report Trump took to Twitter late Monday announcing no collusion was found.

The House panel is releasing the report's findings Tuesday.

He added: "We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump". The committee will now redirect efforts to investigate these issues, according to a preliminary summary of the report.

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Mike Conway. the representative who's been leading the committee's investigation said he would share the 150-page draft with Democrats on Tuesday.

The end of the House committee's Russian Federation probe does not leave Mr Trump in the clear, however.

Last week Republicans hit the brakes hard on the probe, saying it had reached the end of its usefulness and accusing Democrats of dragging it out so it hangs over the upcoming midterm elections.

Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the panel, said the move to end the investigation came under pressure from the White House.

Pingree says the committee usually functions along nonpartisan lines but said Republicans seemed intent on protecting the president during this investigation.

The Republican findings hand Trump, who has dismissed the whole matter as a "witch hunt", a convenient talking point even before Mueller interviews the president and possibly other key witnesses. That puts the House Republicans at direct odds with the nation's intelligence agencies, which assessed past year that the Kremlin specifically sought to undermine Clinton and assist Trump.

"We could find no evidence of collusion between either campaign and the Russians".

Democrats later released their own 10-page memo rebutting the Republican allegations, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department handled the warrant appropriately and the surveillance court was told there was political motivation behind the opposition research.

This shabby performance by House Republicans stands in marked contrast to the efforts of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which are proceeding in a bipartisan fashion.

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