House Intel Committee Ends Russia Probe, No Collusion, Witch Hunt Doomed

Emmett Rice
April 28, 2018

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday released their hotly contested report on Russian interference in the presidential election, concluding there was no conspiracy between President Donald Trump or his allies and Moscow.

Along with alleged links between the Russian government and the Trump and Clinton campaigns, the investigation examined Russian interference in the 2016 US election, the USA government's response to the meddling, and leaks of classified information.

Mr Trump quickly claimed vindication on Twitter yesterday, writing, "Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released". The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, promised to provide unspecified incriminating evidence about Clinton, but spent the bulk of the half-hour conversation with the three Trump associates lobbying for repeal of certain US sanctions on influential figures in Russian Federation.

"It's a witch hunt that's all it is".

A few months after that speech, Flynn formally joined the Trump campaign as a national security adviser.

The committee said, however, the Trump campaign exercised "poor judgment" in agreeing to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who falsely claimed to have political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

But.maybe now the House Intel Committee can launch an investigation into that!

The report's conclusion is being opposed by Democrats, who say the committee did not do enough to support its finding.

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Democrats contest findings of report citing "no evidence" of Trump-Russia collusion during 2016 campaign. Schiff cited several "secret meetings and communication" between people linked to Russian Federation and Trump campaign officials, including Trump Jr. and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "For instance, the Committee has not received from the Trump campaign and transition all correspondence to and from George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, and other key persons of interest, thereby making it impossible to determine whether the Committee has reviewed the complete universe of relevant correspondence".

Expectedly, Democrats dissented, accusing the Republican-majority committee of intentionally steering the investigation away from scrutiny of the president, refusing to issue subpoenas, and generally undermining the integrity of the probe with partisan outlook.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting its own investigation of Russian Federation and the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, Mueller's team and the Senate Intelligence Committee continue to investigate possible coordination between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign. Trump then turned to sanction Russian Federation from these findings. In his absence, Conaway took over the probe.

The public portion of the report does not make clear where that information came from - whether from Comey or another source. Instead he launched a pair of investigations on his own, taking aim at the Justice Department and FBI. Trump ultimately chose to declassify the sensitive contents of the memo - including details from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act application for Page.

The report criticized intelligence officials, saying they leaked information before and after the election that installed Trump as president.

In a statement, Conaway said he was "extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions" made by the intelligence agencies. "Numerous redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified", he said in a statement.

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