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House finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion

13 Mars 2018

House Intelligence Committee Republicans announced Monday they are closing their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the Russian Federation investigation, said Monday that the committee had concluded its interviews for the Russian Federation investigation, and the Republican staff had prepared a 150-page draft report that they would give to Democrats to review on Tuesday morning.

The Republicans' initial report on Monday affirmed that those active measures have been taking place but said there was no evidence Trump played any role in them and, in a departure with the US intelligence community, Republicans disputed that they were meant to help Trump win.

Representative Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the probe, said Monday that the committee will not interview any more witnesses and its Republican majority would share its 150-page report with the Democratic minority on Tuesday.

House Democrats on the committee are likely to present a different story when they review the GOP report Tuesday, and release a rival one of their own in the coming weeks.

The committee's inquiry has been embroiled in partisan rancour.

"I certainly think there's evidence of that", he said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has generally acted with bipartisanship and is working on a report about safeguarding USA elections.

The Intelligence Committee is conducting one of several congressional investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States election, in addition to the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller also has indicted three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens, accusing them of engaging in a widespread and coordinated effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence experts have concluded Russian Federation did it to help Trump win - the former head of the CIA during the election testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee as much last spring.

"We believe we've got the information necessary to answer those for the American people", he concluded. "Over 60 witnesses we interviewed, the documents., asking them point blank to their face: Was there any collusion, coordination or conspiracy?"

Rooney's defense of the House investigation came as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended one being undertaken by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"It was a powerful decision that left no doubts", Trump said.

"House Republicans failing to perform an honest investigation into Russia's interference for President Trump marks a low point for Congress and political leadership in America", McMullin wrote on Twitter. While the majority on the House panel found no evidence of wrongdoing in the president's campaign, the special counsel's probe has so far charged four former campaign aides with crimes, and some have pleaded guilty.

Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee and a frequent thorn in the side of Republican leadership, lashed out at the Republican majority in a blistering statement.

The summary of the committee report turned the focus to the Democrats.

The intense polarization in the committee was ossified during a protracted duel over declassified memos earlier this year - a Republican memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses, and a Democratic rebuttal defending the bureau's methods.

House finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion