Republicans On House Intel Panel Conclude There Was No Collusion With Russia

Larry Hoffman
March 13, 2018

Past year the Senate Intelligence Committee accepted the views of the intelligence community that the Russians were behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

Democrats were not part of the drafting of the GOP's report, and were not presented with a copy of the findings before Conaway addressed the press.

The House investigation was marked by partisan acrimony from the beginning, coming to a head when Republicans on the panel pushed to release their own rundown of events regarding one part of the Russian Federation investigation, as Democrats then released a rebuttal memo to counter the information in that GOP document. Now, Special Counsel Mueller is continuing his investigation.

SHAPIRO: OK, so those are two investigations - the House Intelligence Committee and Robert Mueller's.

The committee came to their conclusion without interviewing four key men indicted by Mueller's special counsel: Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, and Michael T. Flynn.

They conclude that Russian Federation did interfere with our elections, and are rolling out several recommendations moving forward. That indictment notes that the effort - which it doesn't explicitly connect to the Russian government - included attempts to boost Trump and disparage his rival, Hillary Clinton.

Reflecting a deep partisan divide on the House of Representatives panel, Democrats have been arguing that the probe is far from over.

"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".

Conaway accused Democrats of seeking to prolong the probe ahead of the mid-term elections.

"On a whole host of investigative threads, our work is fundamentally incomplete, some issues partially investigated, others, like that involving credible allegations of Russian money laundering, remain barely touched", he said in a lengthy statement. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif. He also indicated that witnesses who didn't cooperate with the committee, such as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, would likely be off the hook instead of facing contempt proceedings. Hale was referring to the conclusion of the FBI, CIA and NSA made public in a January 2017 report.

LUCAS: Well, the House Intelligence Committee started its investigation about a year ago. That could take weeks.

The decision makes the House panel the first of three congressional panels to wrap up its examination of possible ties between Trump's campaign and transition team, and the Russians who interfered in the campaign.

But the House Republican investigation is not going to exert itself to extreme measures like learning the names of major figures involved in the case.

It made no mention of the alleged theft and leaks by Russians of embarrassing documents and communications from the campaign of Trump rival Hillary Clinton in mid-2016, which top USA intelligence officials have stated as a fact. Conaway said there will be a second report just dealing with the intelligence assessment and its credibility.

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