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

Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House's intelligence committee. Bill Clark  Zuma

Rep. Devin Nunes, chair of the House's intelligence committee. Bill Clark Zuma

The intelligence Committee of the us Senate found no evidence that the election campaign of the current President of the United States Donald trump during the presidential elections in 2016 had connections with the Russian Federation.

Even as the White House and Republicans continue to insist that there's no reason to think President Donald Trump intends to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the commander-in-chief took to Twitter Friday night to call the Russian Federation investigation a "hoax" and to say the Mueller should never have been appointed.

The Republicans' report acknowledges the Russian disinformation campaign, but Democrats allege that the GOP report downplays the effect of Russian propaganda in helping the Trump campaign.

Flynn met again with Kislyak shortly before Trump took office - a meeting that led to his unceremonious ouster from the White House after it was revealed he had lied to the FBI about it. Flynn subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

"Just OUT: House Intelligence Committee Report released", the president tweeted.

The report included significant redactions, so the committee may release more information as its members press the intelligence community (IC) for the redactions to be cleared.

The report's authors attempt to equate the actions of the Trump and Clinton campaigns, faulting both for "poor judgment and ill-considered actions".

Flynn, President Trump's first national security advisor, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to "willfully and knowingly" making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during interviews on meetings he took with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.

Mr Schiff said Republicans on the committee did not conduct a serious investigation. The House committee says it found no additional evidence of collusion.

"Mr. President, to conclude there is "no evidence" of collusion, you must ignore Russia's extensive efforts to help your campaign, the litany of communications between Russian Federation & your campaign, & the massive effort to hide these contacts", Schiff said in a tweet. Regardless, there is no denying the abundant evidence that the Trump campaign sought, and was eager to accept, the assistance of a hostile foreign power bent on interfering in our election.

The one thing both Republicans and Democrats do agree on is that Russian Federation is likely to run interference campaigns in this year's midterm election- and the US needs to do more to strengthen cyber-security. Throughout the 98-page response [text, PDF], the Minority Views suggested that the committee's majority has forgotten its commitment to justice and chosen to prematurely cease the investigation in a "systematic effort to muddy the waters and to deflect attention away from the President".

Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway said the final report provides Americans with "the opportunity to access the information used to draw the conclusions found in last month's findings and recommendations".

On Friday, Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) reiterated that sentiment.

Clinton, the report said, paid for research on Trump "using a series of cutouts and intermediaries to obscure their roles".

"Finally, notwithstanding the decision by the Majority to end its work and turn its attention to counter-investigations created to serve the President's interests, the Minority work on the Russian Federation investigation continues".

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