Republican member of House Intel Committee says it has 'lost all credibility'

Tyler Owen
March 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump reacted to the House Intelligence Committee's finding his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation by repeating the news in all caps on his Twitter account. And they blamed Barack Obama´s government for not stopping the meddling, which Trump has been reluctant to acknowledge ever took place.

"To say that we have seen or read evidence that says 'we have to get Donald Trump in there, ' I don't know that that's true", Rooney added.

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation.

Representative Mike Conaway, the Republican committee member who has led the panel's investigation for the past year, revealed the report's findings to news media and said the committee had concluded the interview phase of its investigation.

That assertion is at odds with a January 6, 2017, assessment issued by the intelligence community about Russian meddling in the election.

The full report will not be made publicly available until the panel's Democratic members are given the opportunity to review the findings and the intelligence community clears them for public release.

The decision was met with sharp criticism from Democrats, who maintain that there are still scores of witnesses the committee should call, and argue that Republicans have failed to use subpoenas to obtain documents and require witnesses to answer questions that are central to the investigation.

Trump took to Twitter to note the announcement, typing in all capital letters, that the House committee had found no evidence of collusion or coordination after a 14-month-long "in-depth investigation".

On top of the "no collusion" conclusion, the GOP members of the committee are also going to state that there is no evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin favored Donald Trump during the 2016 election, contradicting the assessment of the intelligence community.

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The intelligence committee has been deeply riven from the beginning.

The report also analyzes Russian active measures, the US government response to the attacks, links between Russians and both the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and "purported leaks" of classified information.

President Trump touted the GOP majority's conclusion in a Tweet Monday night.

And it criticised the Obama administration for "a lacklustre pre-election response to Russian active measures".

The Senate Intelligence Committee is still probing the issue, as is special counsel Robert Mueller, whose wide-ranging investigation is also looking into other potential misdeeds by those in the president's orbit.

"After more than a year, the Committee has finished its Russian Federation investigation and will now work on completing our report", Nunes said in a statement. He has already indicted several former top Trump aides, as he develops evidence of extensive contacts between the campaign and Russian Federation.

The witnesses include former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the president's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Schiff said the committee's investigation was not complete, but evidence so far had been "clear and overwhelming" that Russian Federation sought to boost Trump, hurt his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and sow discord during the election.

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