Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

'No Evidence of Collusion': House Panel Ends Russia Investigation

'No Evidence of Collusion': House Panel Ends Russia Investigation

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"We didn't find any evidence of collusion and I don't think [special counsel Robert Mueller] will either", Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, who led the bipartisan investigation, said on "Special Report".

The report summary made no mention of the alleged theft and leaks by Russians of embarrassing documents and communications from the campaign of Mr Trump's rival Hillary Clinton in mid-2016, which top USA intelligence officials have stated as a fact.

"They wanted to explicitly help Donald Trump".

The investigation had made little forward progress since December, committee members said. "That is going to set back intelligence oversight for decades". Neither has yet produced any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Two other congressional inquiries into Russian meddling also are underway. The committee will now redirect efforts to investigate these issues, according to a preliminary summary of the report.

But the Senate Judiciary Committee has faced partisan hurdles with squabbles between Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman.

Late Monday on Twitter President Trump welcomed the release.

Without interviewing key witnesses, looking at all relevant documents or awaiting special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's findings, the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee - lacking the knowledge or consent of committee Democrats - proclaimed that there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

But the news that majority party staffers had already drafted a final report so quickly was likely to stun committee Democrats who expected to be consulted in the process.

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"The majority has placed the interests of protecting the president over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly", said Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., ranking Democrat on the committee.

"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 statement.

If Russians have leverage over the President, GOP has decided that it would rather not know.

On Monday, the committee's Republicans finalized their report on their year-long investigation, saying they saw no evidence of cooperation between the campaign and Moscow.

The Republican panel members said they are shutting down the committee's yearlong investigation and plan to release their findings in a 150-page report.

Ultimately, Monday's announcement by intelligence committee Republicans set the stage for the partisan outcome that has long appeared in store for the committee's Russian Federation probe: a majority Republican report and a minority Democratic one that reach different conclusions.

Trump needs to listen to Rosenstein, not the Republicans on a divided House committee.

Democrats point out that Mueller's team has indicted several Russian groups and individuals for interfering in the 2016 election.

The intelligence committee has been deeply riven from the beginning. He said he had "no contact" with the White House during the probe.

Nunes, who served on Trump's transition team, stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation while the House Ethics Committee examined whether he inappropriately disclosed classified information.

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