Republicans shut down House Russia probe


The Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee said that they have found "no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians", while Democrats say that the investigation has been shut down prematurely.

The House Republicans also said that a 150-page report they prepared - without consulting their Democratic colleagues - contradicts the United States intelligence community's firm conclusion that the goal of the Russian government effort was to boost Trump's campaign.

"We found no evidence of collusion, and so we found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings". Russian Federation denies meddling in the 2016 USA campaign.

Conaway said that meeting "shouldn't have happened, no doubt about that".

Committee Republicans say they agree with intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the election, but they don't agree that Russian Federation favored President Trump.

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.

Speaking with reporters, the leader of the investigation, Representative K. Michael Conaway of Texas, stated that Republican members of the committee do not believe that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Conaway has led the committee's investigation since Chairman Devin Nunes stepped away from the probe during an Office of Congressional Ethics probe into whether he had disclosed confidential information.

He made no immediate mention of the Democrats' objection.

Its deliberations have been marred for months by partisan wrangling, including the release of rival Republican and Democratic memos related to the probe.

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Schiff argued last month that there was "ample evidence" of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, and in recent weeks, Mueller's probe has been gathering evidence that an early 2017 meeting in Seychelles was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin.

Nunes was even suspended by Congress for a time for making covert trips to the White House to share materials relevant to the probe.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is still investigating 2016 election interference, as is the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to Rep. Conaway, the interview with Manafort was scheduled early on, but along with Rep. Adam Schiff, they chose to reschedule.

Schiff and the rest of the committee Democrats have complained that committee Republicans have failed to force witnesses to answer questions, to subpoena documents or to even attempt to look into potential financial entanglements among Trump, his associates and Russian Federation.

Conaway said it was clear the Russians were trying to sow discord in the 2016 USA election, but Republicans did not establish the same conclusions as the Central Intelligence Agency that they specifically were trying to help Trump.

Conclusions reached by the Republicans in their draft report represent a break with the U.S. intelligence community, which determined in January 2017 that part of the Kremlin's strategy was to help Trump's chances of winning. Important witnesses have not been interviewed, and records have not been subpoenaed, including bank documents and certain communications that Democrats say are paramount to understanding the case. A draft of that roughly 150-page report will be delivered to committee Democrats for review on Tuesday.

Relations between Democrats and Republicans on the committee have worsened, with much of the spotlight focused on the conflict between Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesFive key takeaways from the Russian indictments Shepard Smith: New Mueller indictments prove Russia probe is "opposite of a hoax" Schiff: "We're very close to reaching an agreement" with Federal Bureau of Investigation on countermemo MORE (R-Calif.) and ranking member Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP strategist confronts ex-Trump staffer: "I'm sick of you guys making excuses for him" Shepard Smith goes after Trump for not condemning Russia in tweets Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' MORE (D-Calif.). They've been unwilling to compel witnesses who have been what he would basically describe as intransigent, as folks who have not wanted to answer basic questions that the committee has.

"You never know what you never know, but we found no reason to think that there's something we're missing in this regard".

"We're through with interview phase".