President Trump came forth this Monday to boast about the Republican-majority House Intelligence Committee’s conclusion of its investigation into Russian election interference after the panel announced that it had found no evidence of collusion within the Trump campaign.
Representative Mike Conaway, who is currently spearheading the Moscow hacking probe, declared on Monday that the committee would no longer be interviewing witnesses and was beginning the process of preparing its final report.
“We found no evidence of collusion,” Conaway announced to reporters on Monday. “We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings — but only Tom Clancy could take this series of inadvertent contacts, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a spy thriller that could go out there.”
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
A first draft of the roughly 150-page report, which states that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, will be available to view by Democrats on the committee this Tuesday.
The document directly opposes the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin highly favored Trump during the 2016 campaign.
The committee’s top Democrat, Representative Adam Schiff, tore int
o the decision to stop the investigation.
“While the Majority members of our committee have indicated for some time that they have been under great pressure to end the investigation, it is nonetheless another tragic milestone for this Congress, and represents yet another capitulation to the executive branch,” Schiff said in a statement.
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