Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

GOP House committee finds no collusion with Russians

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
Chelsea Rogers | 13 March, 2018, 11:32

Burnett pointed out that "the intelligence community had said" Moscow's intention "was to hurt Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC "got scammed" into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE", and that the Kremlin "wanted to explicitly help Donald Trump".

"We found no evidence of collusion, and so we found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings", Conaway said.

In response, Trump tweeted that the investigation "found no evidence of collusion or coordination between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation", though the full committee has not yet announced its findings.

Democrats also sought subpoenas for the committee's last two witnesses, outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, but Republicans did not issue them.

In this March 8, 2018, photo, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, left, at the Capitol in Washington.

Republicans "proved unwilling to subpoena documents like phone records, text messages, bank records and other key records so that we might determine the truth about the most significant attack on our democratic institutions in history", Schiff said.

Instead, Conaway said, the committee would continue to investigate allegations of surveillance abuse the GOP highlighted in a controversial memo earlier this year.

In contradicting the intelligence agencies, the GOP's 150-page report finds that Russians meant to "sow discord", faulted a "lackluster" effort by the Obama administration to combat Russian cyber activities, and raised questions about contacts between members of the intelligence community and the media.

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Trump has repeatedly denied collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign, while Russian Federation has repeatedly denied meddling in the election.

Conaway was adamant that even though the Mueller probe is ongoing, the House committee had "the information necessary to support the conclusions we've come to".

Schiff said publishing conclusions exonerating the Trump campaign even as several former Trump officials have been indicted or have pleaded guilty to charges related to the Russian Federation investigation amounts to "capitulation" under pressure from the White House.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House committee, rapidly denounced his Republican colleagues for wrapping up the investigation, calling it a "tragic milestone for this Congress". Conaway is the Republican leading the House probe. It is expected that Democrats may make "extensive changes" to the Republican-drafted report and likely issue their own version.

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.

Panel Republicans have been saying for weeks they were near the end of the interview phase of the probe.

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

Conaway stated that those conducting the investigation, launched in January previous year, spoke to 73 witnesses, many at the heart of the Republican campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, and reviewed over 300,000 documents.

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