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May 25 2018, 03:05 | Perry Erickson
House Intelligence GOP Finds No Trump-Russia Collusion in Final Report
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday released their hotly contestedreport on Russian interference in the presidential election, concluding there was no conspiracy between President Donald Trump or his allies and Moscow.
Last month's report on the summary findings of the investigation found no proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Mr Trump quickly claimed vindication on Twitter yesterday, writing, "Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released".
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. A total Witch Hunt!
It called contacts between Russian officials and campaign aides "ill-advised" and said at least one person might have given answers in legal testimony that were "incomplete".
The House investigation began with bipartisan promise but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling.
The House panel final report, which Republicans said was based on interviews with 73 witnesses and a review of over 300,000 documents, came out with little surprise since Republicans on the committee in March issued a one-page summary of their findings making clear that no evidence of collusion had been found during the investigation.
"Throughout the investigation, Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate - or even see, when in plain sight - evidence of collusion", the panel's top Democrat, Adam Schiff, said in a statement. Schiff cited several "secret meetings and communication" between people linked to Russian Federation and Trump campaign officials, including Trump Jr. and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The committee also released dissenting views from the Democrats. Republicans announced the major findings last month. The 253-page document is packed with details and assessments, but is also spackled with redacted names and blacked-out passages.
In February, a U.S. federal jury charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies as part of an investigation into alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
The Senate judiciary and intelligence committees are conducting their own investigations, as is Mueller, who so far has landed indictments against more than 20 people and entities.
Intelligence experts have concluded Russian Federation did it to help Trump win.
Also, the Federal Bureau of Investigation successfully renewed secret warrants to spy on a Trump official, Page, during the campaign, which requires multiple levels of authorization and approval from a secret court. Nunes later released a redacted memo that alleged law enforcement had improperly used Steele's research to obtain the warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. "They have been crafted to advance a political narrative that exonerates the President, downplays Russia's preference and support for then-candidate Trump, explains away repeated contacts by Trump associates with Russia-aligned actors, and seeks to shift suspicion towards President Trump's political opponents and the prior administration".
The report criticized intelligence officials, saying they leaked information before and after the election that installed Trump as president.
"I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the IC".
Conaway said the committee had pledged to be "as transparent as possible" with the report.
The House panel is expected to challenge those revisions in hopes of getting more of the report declassified.