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House Intelligence Committee Releases Findings on Russian Election Interference

House Intelligence Committee Releases Findings on Russian Election Interferenceā€¯

The heavily redacted report says the committee found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

I don't like the fact that President Trump knows all he does about our national security. No coordination, no nothing.

"For example, the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer who falsely purported to have damaging information on the Clinton campaign demonstrated poor judgment", said the Republican-drafted report, which was accompanied by a 98-page document detailing the Democrats' dissenting minority views.

US President Donald Trump on Friday bashed the Justice Department for appointing a special counsel to probe claims of his collusion with Russian Federation after a year-long inquiry by a House committee found no proof.

The House report's conclusion on collusion is fiercely opposed by committee Democrats, who accused their Republican colleagues of playing "defense counsel" for the White House throughout the investigation.

The jab towards Special Counsel Robert Mueller raises question over whether Trump is considering firing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who was appointed to investigate the president's ties to Russian Federation.

However, not one Democrat from the committee signed off on the report.

Schiff called on the committee to publicly release the transcripts from dozens of interviews with key witnesses, saying the public should be able to judge the evidence gathered by the committee. "MUST END NOW!" Trump tweeted shortly after the report release.

The investigation began with bipartisan promise but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling. But the probe did provide important public revelations.

The former chair of the Trump campaign has also been indicted as well as his deputy.

Historically, Schiff has been highly critical of the committee's handling of the probe and its chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Nunes was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, but never formally rejoined the House investigation.

"This dissemination worked in conjunction with derisive messages posted on social media to undermine confidence in the election and sow fear and division in American society", the report states.

In a statement, Conaway said he was "extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions" made by the intelligence agencies.

He called on the panel to release the transcripts from the interviews it conducted with key witnesses, but Conaway, who took over the probe a year ago, said the committee needs permission from intelligence officials before doing so.

House investigators cautioned that Russian Federation will continue meddling in US elections and suggested some fixes that would help the government and politicians better defend against that interference. The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs.



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