Initial GOP report: No collusion between Trump and Russian Federation

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2018

"We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings" he said, according to The New York Times. But he said that the committee did not turn up any evidence of collusion, arguing the promoter who organized the meeting had exaggerated what the Russians would provide.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Monday announced they've concluded the interview portion of their Russian Federation investigation.

The Intelligence Committee did find, however, that Russian Federation took active measures to meddle in the 2016 election, and that the majority expects it to undertake similar measures again.

The committee's traditional bipartisanship began unraveling in the spring of a year ago, when Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., took a secret trip to White House grounds to review information gathered by unnamed sources purporting to show that President Trump was under surveillance by the Obama administration during the 2016 campaign.

But the panel's Republicans take issue with the key finding that Putin was trying get Trump elected. Conaway did not suggest that Clinton knowingly coordinated with the Russians, but said the dossier clearly "would have hurt him and helped her".

Republican members of the committee have hinted recently that the investigation is winding down, but Democrats on the panel have called for the committee to continue its investigative work and conduct more interviews with witnesses.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, also investigating the meddling, is expected to release transcripts soon of closed-door interviews with several people who attended the 2016 meeting between the Trump campaign and Russians.

"There are a number of steps that I think any credible investigator would say, 'These need to be done, ' and we still hope that they will be", Schiff said following Lewandowski's interview last week.

The committee's partisan split grew deeper in February, when Republicans released the "Nunes memo" alleging that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department abused their surveillance authority to target Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in 2016. Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, insisted to a Senate hearing last week that the administration is engaged on the issue of election security, and said the Treasury Department would announce sanctions on Russian Federation as soon as this week.

The congressional investigations are completely separate from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which is likely to take much longer.

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