No evidence of Trump campaign and Russian Federation collusion: committee

House Republicans Conclude Pretend Russia Investigation, Declare Trump Innocent

House Republicans Conclude Pretend Russia Investigation, Declare Trump Innocent

House Republicans on the Intelligence Committee effectively closed an investigation into collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump 2016 presidential campaign on Monday, declaring none was found.

The Journal reported that members of the two parties are unlikely to come to a consensus on the investigation's central question - whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in its election interference operation during the 2016 election.

The Intelligence Committee did find, however, that Russian Federation took active measures to meddle in the 2016 election, and that the majority expects it to undertake similar measures again.

After a yearlong investigation, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway announced Monday that the committee has finished interviewing witnesses and will share the report with Democrats on Tuesday.

He also said there was no evidence that anything "untoward" happened at a 2016 meeting between members of the Trump campaign and Russians, though he called it ill-advised. Conaway, however, stopped short of saying there was "collusion" between Clinton's campaign and the Russians, something the President has alleged. Committee aides said they spent hundreds of hours reviewing raw source material used by the intelligence services to make that claim and that it did not meet the appropriate standards. The Senate panel is expected to issue findings on the more controversial issue of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation at a later date.

It's widely expected Democrats will draft their own report that argues a case for collusion, as well as spells out all the avenues the committee did not investigate.

"To me, I don't see anything else that's out there that hasn't been explored", Rep. Pete King, a New York Republican, told CNN last week.

Committee Democrats have also clamored for the panel to issue several subpoenas for witnesses who either have ignored the committee's requests to appear or given incomplete answers during their interviews with the panel.

The committee's partisan split grew deeper in February, when Republicans released the "Nunes memo" alleging that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department abused their surveillance authority to target Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016.

When former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to answer questions even after being subpoenaed, Republicans would not take action to hold him in contempt of Congress, Democrats said.

There are still two committees in the Senate that are investigating Russia's 2016 election meddling: the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

It will include at least 25 recommendations, including how to improve election security, respond to cyberattacks and improve counterintelligence efforts. Probes of the issue, by congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, have shadowed Trump's first 14 months in office.

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