Republicans end House committee's Russian Federation probe, claiming 'no evidence of collusion'

Clay Curtis
March 13, 2018

Republicans said they agreed with the US intelligence community's January report that Russia tried to interfere in the USA presidential election, but did not agree that the Russians were trying to help Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Mr Conaway, the Texas Republican who has led the yearlong probe, announced on Monday that the House committee had finished interviewing witnesses and planned to share a draft report with Democratic colleagues on Tuesday.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who leads the House Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation investigation, says the panel has finished conducting witness interviews and will share its report with Democrats on Tuesday. The Democrats and Republicans have openly fought throughout the investigation, with Democrats suggesting a cover-up for a Republican president and one GOP member of the panel calling the probe "poison" for the previously bipartisan panel.

Of course, the House Intelligence Committee doesn't have the final say in this matter.

Expect Donald Trump to regularly cite the coming full report from the committee's Republican majority as exoneration, particularly its controversial conclusion that Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 election were not specifically aimed at helping Mr Trump.

A spokesperson for Conaway declined to comment to the news outlet.

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"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.

But he added: "We found no evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it colluded with the Russians".

"You use subpoenas when you think you can actually get something from them", Conaway said Monday when asked about Democrats' complaints.

The House Intelligence Committee has been bitterly divided throughout the investigation, with high-profile competing memos regarding FBI surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page gaining significant attention last month.

Panel Republicans have been saying for weeks they were near the end of the interview phase of the probe. Several witnesses including Bannon and White House Communications Director Hope Hicks curtailed their testimony and refused to answer questions about their time in Trump's White House.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, also investigating the meddling, is expected to release transcripts soon of closed-door interviews with several people who attended the 2016 meeting between the Trump campaign and Russians. The GOP majority is releasing a report that will declare no collusion took place between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr has said he's separating out the election security issues for the 2018 primary season while the committee continues to investigate questions about collusion and the 2016 election. Intelligence agencies will also have to review the document and clear information in it for release. The report will include recommendations on how to combat future election interference, Conway said.

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