Investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election over

Mar 14, 2018, 00:35
Investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election over

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One Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said he wanted its Russian Federation investigation to shut down because it has "lost all credibility" shortly after its announcement on Monday that it had found no evidence of Russian Federation colluding with President Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election.

The committee will not interview any more witnesses and Republicans are in the process of preparing their final report, Conaway told reporters. The report is also expected to turn the subject of collusion toward the Clinton campaign, saying an anti-Trump dossier compiled by a former British spy and paid for by Democrats was one way that Russians tried to influence the election.

"They wanted to explicitly help Donald Trump". The Democrats and Republicans have openly fought throughout the investigation, with Democrats suggesting a cover-up for a Republican president and one GOP member of the panel calling the probe "poison" for the previously bipartisan panel. The Senate panel is expected to issue findings on the more controversial issue of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation at a later date.

The Obama administration had a "lackluster" response to the Russian efforts.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will continue a parallel investigation. The Mueller team has been busy in recent weeks, handing down indictments and coaxing guilty pleas from former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates and Richard Pinedo, a California man involved in identity fraud.

With the close of the House probe, the Capitol Hill spotlight now heats up on the Senate intelligence committee - which has thus far conducted a more unified investigation.

The committee's inquiry has been embroiled in partisan rancour. The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman. Republicans went so far as to deny Russian Federation had intervened in the 2016 election on President Trump's behalf.

House Republicans on the committee say they have found no evidence that Russians colluded with any members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

"We have the evidence that we need now to come to the conclusion that we came to", Conaway said, adding that if compelling information surfaces down the line, he would consider reopening the probe.

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Democrats described the Republican conclusions as a smokescreen meant to protect the president.

"On a whole host of investigative threads, our work is fundamentally incomplete, some issues partially investigated, others, like that involving credible allegations of Russian money laundering, remain barely touched", he said in a statement. "If the Russians do have leverage over the president of the United States, the majority has simply decided it would rather not know", he said.

A 150-page draft report, which the Washington Post says was completed "without any input from Democrats", will be shared with Democrats later today.

Rooney also said the House Committee has "lost all credibility" by not releasing the findings before the 2018 midterm elections.

The intelligence committee has been deeply riven from the beginning. "Let's go back to why did I go to the White House a year ago?"

Alleged leaks of classified information. He was cleared of wrongdoing in December, but he already was investigating allegations of wrongdoing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

But Democrats on the panel were furious, arguing the investigation had been prematurely ended.

The tweet included a UFO emoji and a mocking reference to the Trump-Russia investigation. The president claimed the GOP memo "totally vindicates" him and hailed Nunes as "a man of tremendous courage and grit" who "may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero".

Democrats eventually wrote and released their own countermemo, drawn from the same underlying material, to rebut the Republican document. "So in that regard, that's why I called for the investigation to end".