Republicans end House committee's Russian Federation probe, claiming 'no evidence of collusion'

Republicans end House committee's Russian Federation probe, claiming 'no evidence of collusion'

Republicans end House committee's Russian Federation probe, claiming 'no evidence of collusion'

The committee Republicans said they agreed that Russian Federation sought to influence the election by spreading propaganda and false news reports via social media.

"We found no evidence of collusion, and so we found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings", Conaway said.

"But only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, meetings, whatever and weave that into some sort of a fiction, page turner spy thriller", Conaway said.

Conaway said the panel would release a "separate report on the analytical integrity" of the intelligence community's conclusions in the weeks ahead - though he said the panel agreed with the determination that Russian Federation used "active measures" to affect the 2016 election campaign.

Conaway said that he would seek Democrats' input to edit the report, and said he expected some of the process would be bipartisan, "with precious little pushback".

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the House Intelligence Committee's decision to conclude there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation smells of politics. Democrats say that effort has fallen well short of gathering all the evidence.

The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the intelligence material.

LUCAS: Well, as you mentioned, they are going to see the GOP draft report tomorrow.

The Republican announcement shifts attention to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been conducting its own investigation.

"GOP just shut down House Intel investigation, leaving questions unanswered, leads unexplored, countless witnesses uncalled, subpoenas unissued", Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who also sits on the committee, wrote on Twitter. He called the development a "tragic milestone" and said history would judge them harshly. Republicans have countered that Democrats on the panel have turned private proceedings into a television spectacle to earn political points. The report will include 25 recommendations to help protect the United States political system in the future, relating to cyber-terrorism and campaign funding.

Rooney also warned that the government needs to act to prevent foreign interference in the upcoming midterm elections. He says the Obama Administration was slow to act. He also says that the Republicans have been unwilling to follow the facts. Byron York reports that the committee's main conclusion is that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians.

Says there's no doubt that the Russians meddled in the election to help Donald Trump.

The committee's partisan split grew deeper in February, when Republicans released the "Nunes memo" alleging that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department abused their surveillance authority to target Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016.

That finding squares with Trump's view that the Russian Federation story is nothing but a hoax and a witch hunt designed by Clinton sympathizers to explain the Democratic nominee's shock election defeat in 2016.

"On a whole host of investigative threads, our work is fundamentally incomplete, some issues partially investigated, others, like that involving credible allegations of Russian money laundering, remain barely touched", he said in a lengthy statement. It's unclear if the Judiciary panel will produce a final report.

Its deliberations have been marred for months by partisan wrangling, including the release of rival Republican and Democratic memos related to the probe.

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