House Intelligence Committee ending Russian Federation probe, says no collusion found

Conaway of Texas right last month in Washington. Credit Jacquelyn Martin  Associated Press

Conaway of Texas right last month in Washington. Credit Jacquelyn Martin Associated Press

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes on Monday announced his committee's draft report says it could find no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. He declined to put a timeline on when the report would be made public, as the committee intends to submit it to the intelligence community for declassification beforehand. Corey Lewandowski. Steve Bannon.

The Republican-run committee is now preparing to write a report based on the testimony of dozens of witnesses and thousands of pages of documents. Its conclusion: "We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians". And they say that they've interviewed more than 70 people as part of this probe. "We've interviewed everyone we think we need to interview". He accused the GOP of shutting down the investigation, in order to protect the President.

Democrats erupted in anger after they were blindsided by the summary Republican officials released Monday.

The president celebrated the news with a triumphant tweet in all caps, saying the committee had found "no evidence of collusion of coordination between the Trump campaign or Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election".

Robert Mueller is leading a separate probe into alleged collusion between the Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "Meaningless. Partisan. It's. Mueller time", a follow-up tweet added.

After anchor Anderson Cooper pointed out that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats rejected the idea that Russian Federation didn't prefer Trump as a candidate, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said his own reading of the "raw intelligence" shows something different. However, Republicans have made it clear that they feel Democrats are trying to prolong the Russian Federation probe until the campaign season. The president has repeatedly denied there was any collusion. The two senators in charge of that, Mark Warner of Virginia and Richard Burr of North Carolina, have really tried to keep a bipartisan spirit in that investigation.

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But, Conway added in a glaring denial of extensive USA intelligence findings, "We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump". Mueller's investigation is still ongoing.

Schiff predicted that "Republicans will be held accountable for abandoning a critical investigation of such vital national importance" if new information arises from future indictments and other reports. That could take weeks. What role do the Democrats on that committee play now?

Furthermore, Conway claims, "we couldn't establish the same conclusion that the Central Intelligence Agency did that [the Russians] specifically wanted to help Trump".

"I've read a lot about it, but I haven't seen any" evidence of collusion, Burr said. During the interview, the representative said the committee reviewed 300,000 documents and conducted 73 interviews to answer the four questions which the committee sought to answer.

Others, including George Nader, an adviser to the United Arab Emirates with ties to current and former Trump aides, only recently came to the committee's attention.

"'There's still folks", he said, "who disagree with the Warren report on the assassination of Kennedy".

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