US House Republicans find no Trump-Russia collusion

US House Republicans find no Trump-Russia collusion

"It's very clear that there's a lot of information that we should have, particularly as we're leading up to the next election cycle". "But I also believe there's evidence to where they were trying to wreak havoc on both sides".

Rooney said the Republicans' final report will conclude Russian Federation didn't try helping President Trump's standings.

As for the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin and top Trump campaign aides, including Trump's son Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Conaway said, "That meeting should never have taken place".

House intelligence committee Republicans on Monday cleared President Trump's campaign of colluding with the Russians who attacked the 2016 USA election, concluding a probe that minority Democrats had long argued was focused on appeasing the White House.

Exit quote: "House Republicans have abandoned their oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people", lamented House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "And the Republicans will have to answer why they're not interested in finding out..."

House Intelligence Committee Republicans completed the draft report without any input from Democrats, who will be able to see and weigh in on the document starting Tuesday, Conaway said. Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) stated, "We've found no evidence of collusion".

West Texas Congressman Mike Conaway notes there may have been some bad judgments or inappropriate meetings, but no collusion. "But only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, or meetings, whatever, and weave that into a some sort of fictional page-turner spy thriller".

That assessment, issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last January, said with "high confidence" that President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government "developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump", and sought to help his election chances.

"We're very happy with the decision by the House Intelligence Committee saying there was absolutely no collusion with respect to Russia", Trump said early Tuesday.

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An overview said the Republican findings include that Russian Federation committed cyberattacks on USA political institutions in 2015 and 2016, and attempted to sow discord on social media.

The Obama administration had a "lackluster" response to the Russian efforts.

"While the Majority members of our committee have indicated for some time that they have been under great pressure to end the investigation, it is nonetheless another tragic milestone for this Congress, and represents yet another capitulation to the executive branch", he said in a statement.

But the investigation is far from over.

"The [Republican] Majority has placed the interests of protecting the President over protecting the country", Schiff said. "And that is I think a betrayal of the promise that was made that we would follow the facts wherever they lead".

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

FILE - Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat-California, a ranking member of the House Committee on Intelligence, speaks during a media availability after a closed-door meeting of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Feb. 5, 2018.

However, this does not bring to an end the criminal investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's attempt to meddle in the USA election, with 13 Russians indicted last month on charges of election interference.

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