(National Sentinel)Â Cleared: The House Intelligence Committee announced on Monday that it has completed its investigation into alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia after finding no evidence to support the claim.
In a report, majority members of the committee said it foundÂ “no evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”
The finding was quickly tweeted by President Donald J. Trump in all caps.
“THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION,” wrote Trump, reiterating the main finding from the panel’s 150-page draft report.
THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
â€œWe didn’t find any evidence of collusion and I don’t think [special counsel Robert Mueller] will either,â€ Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, who led the bipartisan investigation, saidÂ on Fox News‘Â â€œSpecial Report.â€
Not satisfied with the findings, the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chided Republicans for their conclusions. He said RepublicansÂ “lack the courage to stand up to a President of their own party when the national interest necessitates it.”
AsÂ Fox News reported further:
The committee’s investigation was based on four topics: Russian active measures against the 2016 U.S. election, the U.S. government’s response to the attack, links between Russians and the Trump and Clinton campaigns, and purported leaks of classified information.
The draft report included 40 other findings, including how Russians used social media to â€œsow discordâ€ in 2015 and 2016, a â€œlacklusterâ€ pre-election response to Russian measures, how â€œanti-Trump researchâ€ made its way from Russian sources to the Clinton campaign, and â€œproblematic contacts between senior Intelligence Community officials and the media.â€
The report also included more than 25 recommendations for Congress and the executive branch to improve election security, U.S. government response to cyberattacks, campaign finance transparency, and counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns and unauthorized disclosures.
â€œWe believe we’ve got the information necessary to answer those for the American people,â€ Conaway said.
The report also said that based on its more than a year-long investigation, the panel did not agree with the intelligence community’s assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin had a “supposed preference” for then-GOP presidential candidate Trump.
â€œWe disagree with the Intelligence Communityâ€™s position that Putin favored Trump,â€ Conaway told Fox News. He said he had â€œno contactâ€ with the White House during the probe.
The findings will be sent to minority Democrats on the intelligence panel for review. After it is adopted by them, it will then go to the intelligence community for declassification. After that, the panel will release the findings to the public.
No timetable was given for the report’s release.
â€œThe reportâ€™s completion will signify the closure of one chapter in the Committeeâ€™s robust oversight of the threat posed by Moscowâ€”which began well before the investigation and will continue thereafter,â€ Conaway said.
He also noted that the report’s recommendations on handling leaks were serious.
â€œLeaks of classified information are criminal,” he said. â€œLeaks can get people killed.”
Schiff has repeatedly been accused of leaking information discussed during closed Intelligence Committee hearings.
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