House Intel Panel Is Done Interviewing Witnesses, Will Begin Writing 'Collusion' Reports

House Intel Panel Is Done Interviewing Witnesses, Will Begin Writing 'Collusion' Reports

House Intel Panel Is Done Interviewing Witnesses, Will Begin Writing 'Collusion' Reports

House Republicans have found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin in the 2016 U.S. election, according to a draft report.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation, a finding that is sure to please the White House and enrage panel Democrats.

Democrats on the panel are expected to release their own report. And it increases pressure on the collegial Senate Intelligence Committee to come out with a credible bipartisan report from its own Russian Federation probe.

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.

He pushed back on Democrats' accusations that committee Republicans have been pressured to end the investigation, noting that he has avoided contact with the president since taking over the investigation last April. "We've talked to everybody we think we need to talk to", Mr Conaway said in an interview on Fox News Channel.

The committee reportedly interviewed its final witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, last week. "We're not dealing in fiction, we're dealing in facts and we found no evidence of any collusion".

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Democrats say there are still scores of witnesses the committee should call, and argue that Republicans have failed to use subpoenas to obtain documents and require witnesses to answer questions that are central to the investigation. Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's ranking member, then released a competing memo that sought to clarify the warrant application process and to show that the agencies did not act improperly or illegally. Republicans have countered that Democrats on the panel have turned private proceedings into a television spectacle to earn political points. Several witnesses including Bannon and White House Communications Director Hope Hicks curtailed their testimony and refused to answer questions about their time in Trump's White House.

There are still two committees in the Senate that are investigating Russia's 2016 election meddling: the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

The GOP's conclusion comes as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe is ramping up its investigation of the Trump team's alleged effort to coordinate activities with Russian officials, even gathering evidence that an early 2017 meeting in they Seychelles was an effort to establish a backchannel to the Kremlin.

"In the coming weeks and months, new information will continue to be exposed through enterprising journalism, indictments by the Special Counsel, or continued investigative work by Committee Democrats and our counterparts in the Senate", Schiff said in a lengthy statement.

The Republican conclusion breaks with an assessment by the United States intelligence community previous year that found Russian Federation meddled in an effort to help Mr Trump win the presidency.

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