House Intelligence Committee Ends Russian Probe: "No Evidence Of Collusion"

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House Intelligence Committee Ends Russian Probe: "No Evidence Of Collusion"

According to the House Intelligence Committee, there is no evidence that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee called an end on Monday to their year-long investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, concluding that there was "no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians".

Republicans and Democrats on the committee will produce two separate reports about the investigation, which is looking at whether the Trump campaign colluded with agents of the Russian government to interview in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal and CNN. Then, Democrats and Republicans on the panel agreed on a four-part framework for the investigation and pledged to work "on a bipartisan basis" to "fully investigate all the evidence we collect and follow that evidence wherever it leads".

The draft report will now likely go to the minority staff on the committee, currently led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Republicans also determined that while the Russian government did pursue "active measures" to interfere in the election, it did not do so with the intention of helping Trump's campaign, contradicting the US intelligence community's findings. "We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings", Mr. Conaway said during a briefing with reporters on Monday afternoon. Tom Rooney, a Republican member of the committee, however said that was "not at all" the case on CNN. "We're not dealing in fiction, we're dealing in facts and we found no evidence of any collusion".

While Republicans found no evidence of collusion, an outline of their draft report says that they found Russian cyber attacks on US political institutions in 2015-16, the use of social media by Russians to sow discord in American, a pattern of Russian attacks on America's European allies, and a "lackluster" pre-election response by the USA government to Russian active measures.

Conaway said Democrats will agree with some elements of the report, such as the social media interference, but he acknowledged they'd take issue with others. They said that the final interviews were rushed and the committee was too lenient in its questioning of witnesses.

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied collusion between his associates and Russian Federation. Tom Rooney of Florida and Peter King of NY, began signaling in recent weeks that they were anxious to wrap things up, saying they had explored all the key evidence.

The committee issued a subpoena to former White House chief strategist Bannon in January, but in his return testimony he still did not answer questions about his time in the White House.

The draft report includes 25 recommendations for Congress relating to election and cyber security.

The three congressional investigations are operating separately from one being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation will continue and is not expected to end soon.