House Intel Committee Ends Russia Probe, No Collusion, Witch Hunt Doomed
- Author: Megan Austin Apr 30, 2018,
Apr 30, 2018, 1:27
The committee also released dissenting views from the Democrats.
Democrats on the committee were not in favor of ending the investigation, saying the conclusion reached in the report is premature.
It also accused former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of having "provided inconsistent testimony to the Committee about his contacts with media", specifically pointing to inconsistencies in Clapper's testimonies regarding whether he discussed the controversial dossier with reporters.
"While the committee found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated or conspired with the Russian government, the investigation did find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaigns", the report, written by House Republicans, states. Schiff cited several "secret meetings and communication" between people linked to Russian Federation and Trump campaign officials including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump Jr. In Friday's release, the committee elaborated and exonerated Trump from accusations of wrongdoing, claiming instead that it was the intelligence community and Federal Bureau of Investigation that failed to properly respond to interference in the 2016 election.
Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said in a statement Friday that the final report gives Americans "the opportunity to access the information used to draw the conclusions found in last month's findings and recommendations".
The investigation found that leaks were used "to sow discord in the US presidential election", which began before Election Day.
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Hours beforehand he wrote: 'Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released.
Intelligence committee ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff of California has complained about the limitations on witness interviews, the avenues of investigation the committee didn't pursue, the subpoenas it couldn't issue and other restrictions that he said meant Republicans didn't lead a real process.
This is referred to in the Committee's report, 250 pages of which after a lengthy investigation, was made public on Friday, April 27, writes The New York Times.
The committee's investigation began with bipartisanship but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling.
Trump said no one has been as tough as him as the Russians. But the probe did provide important public revelations. 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. In his absence, Conaway took over the probe.
The committee urged intelligence officials to immediately alert presidential candidates when they discover "legitimate" threats to the campaign. The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs of all for limited certain employees with top secret clearances.