House Intel Committee Releases Final Russia Report-No Collusion Found

Calvin Saunders
April 28, 2018

Russian Federation ran an information warfare campaign to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but there is no evidence that U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow, Republicans on a congressional panel said in a report released Friday.

President Trump immediately expressed relief at being cleared, tweeting, "Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released".

"They did not find any evidence of collusion, but they do buy the story that Russian Federation interfered in the election", Joe Lauria, editor of Consortium News and author of "How I Lost, By Hillary Clinton", told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Friday. A total Witch Hunt!

Let's zero in on those differences to help us determine whether Republicans' no-collusion conclusion is based more in fact or politics.

The committee said, however, the Trump campaign exercised "poor judgment" in agreeing to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who falsely claimed to have political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The committee's investigation began with bipartisanship but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling.

Lawmakers did criticize what they called "poor judgment and ill-considered actions" made by both the Trump and Clinton campaigns.

House Democrats have pushed their own investigation, reviewing intelligence reports and sending requests to about a dozen witnesses.

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In February, a United States federal jury charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies as part of an investigation into alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

Trump praised the report and called for an end to the Russian Federation investigation being led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

In terms of collusion, however, the House intelligence committee accepted the denials of people involved who said they played no role in the Russian attack.

"Notwithstanding the decision by the Majority to end its work and turn its attention to counter-investigations created to serve the President's interests, the Minority's work on the Russian Federation investigation continues.", Schiff said in a statement Friday. The report says committee staff found "intelligence failings" that undermine that assessment by the FBI, CIA and NSA, though specifics are not detailed and some portions of that section are redacted. Nunes later released a redacted memo that alleged law enforcement had improperly used Steele's research to obtain the warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Mr. Conaway said the committee had pledged to be "as transparent as possible" with the report.

The House panel is expected to challenge those revisions in hopes of getting more of the report declassified.

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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