Republicans Say No Evidence Of Collusion, Shut Down House Intel Probe

Trump’s onetime campaign manager was the House committee’s final interview. Credit Tasos Katopodis

Trump’s onetime campaign manager was the House committee’s final interview. Credit Tasos Katopodis

The House Intelligence Committee has concluded its interviews for the investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign operation and Russian Federation, a move that signals the beginning of the end for the panel's Russian Federation probe, according to a source familiar with the matter.

President Donald Trump, despite the fact that the Committee's report is supported by not a single Democrat and even some Republicans oppose its findings.

In another sign of the partisan tensions, the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, had not been told as of midafternoon Monday that Republicans planned to end the witness interview portion of the Russian Federation investigation, according to a Democratic source.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the House Intelligence Committee's decision to conclude there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation smells of politics.

Cooper said if that was the case, wouldn't this represent a "massive failure of U.S. intelligence since the whole community assessed Russian Federation interfered to help Trump".

The report was slammed by Democrats as a partisan gift to the president.

There are still two committees in the Senate that are investigating Russia's 2016 election meddling: the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. But Flynn was never brought before the House Intelligence Committee for questioning.

The committee's Russian Federation investigation included interviews with 73 witnesses and a review of roughly 300,000 pages of documents.

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

In addition to subpoenas and witnesses, Democrats have long raised issues about looking into Trump's finances, something the committee had not probed.

The President is now wielding a powerful new weapon in his war of credibility with America's spy agencies over their view that Russian Federation helped put him in the White House, after House Republicans suddenly shuttered their probe into election meddling.

"In the coming weeks and months, new information will continue to be exposed through enterprising journalism, indictments by the Special Counsel, or continued investigative work by Committee Democrats and our counterparts in the Senate", Schiff said in a lengthy statement. He also says the American people have a role in recognizing the manipulation.

Asked if he's concerned that lack of access to witnesses, combined with Democrats' criticism and lingering questions will undercut the value of the House GOP report, Conaway said he hoped the final product - and its supporting documents - would speak for itself.

Senior Republicans closed ranks behind Donald Trump, clearing his campaign of colluding with the Russians in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election. Over the previous year, an investigation has been taking place, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which has indicted multiple past and current associates of the president with their own link back to the Kremlin.

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