House Republicans abruptly end Russian Federation probe in President Trump's favor, enraging Democrats

House Republicans abruptly end Russian Federation probe in President Trump's favor, enraging Democrats

House Republicans abruptly end Russian Federation probe in President Trump's favor, enraging Democrats

Democrats are expected to write their own report, given the list of witnesses they say haven't testified and documents they say haven't been pursued by the majority.

Conaway told reporters that he feels the committee has investigated all avenues it needed to probe, and he argued that the panel would not have been able to obtain the information Democrats were seeking had they gone the route of subpoenaing witnesses or trying to hold them in contempt. That indictment notes that the effort - which it doesn't explicitly connect to the Russian government - included attempts to boost Trump and disparage his rival, Hillary Clinton. He has said he has seen "more than circumstantial evidence" of collusion but has refused to explain what evidence he has seen.

Expect Donald Trump to regularly cite the coming full report from the committee's Republican majority as exoneration, particularly its controversial conclusion that Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 election were not specifically aimed at helping Mr Trump.

Schiff said evidence was "clear and overwhelming" that US intelligence agencies' assessment was correct that Russian Federation sought to boost Trump, hurt his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and sow discord.

While the Texas Republican said panel members agreed with conclusion of leading USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had interfered with the election - he added that they disagreed "with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump". Were there other people investigators should have spoken with or documents they should have requested?

According to the outline, the draft report will contain "concurrence with the Intelligence Community Assessment's judgments, except with respect to Putin's supposed preference for candidate Trump".

Schiff said the panel's Democrats would continue aspects of the investigation "with or without the active participation of the majority".

In addition to subpoenas and witnesses, Democrats have long raised issues about looking into Trump's finances, something the committee had not probed. However, he was cleared of any wrongdoing in a December 2017 House ethics probe.

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Further, Republicans cut short the witness interview portion of the investigation - something Schiff only learned of on Monday afternoon.

The president and his advisers have denied from the first they had any role in what intelligence officers call the "active measures" that Russian Federation has been waging against the United States for years.

The House investigation, one of three main congressional probes of Russian Federation and the 2016 investigation, and possible collusion or obstruction of justice by Trump or his aides, has been marred for months by partisan wrangling, including the release of rival Republican and Democratic memos related to the probe.

Last week Republicans hit the brakes hard on the probe, saying it had reached the end of its usefulness and accusing Democrats of dragging it out so it hangs over the upcoming midterm elections. Rep. Mike Conaway, the Republican heading the investigation in the wake of Nunes's quasi-recusal, admitted last week, "I don't have any clue who George Nader is".

Of course, the House Intelligence Committee doesn't have the final say in this matter.

The House Intelligence Committee's chairman, Republican Representative Devin Nunes, recused himself from the investigation previous year amid reports he had a secret meeting at the White House.

"We've talked to everybody we think we need to talk to".

This outcome was completely predictable from the outset, when the committee's chairman, Devin Nunes, snuck off to the White House late at night to produce an explosive but eventually debunked charge that Trump had been the victim of nefarious "unmasking" by Obama officials in 2016. He said the committee was preparing a separate, in-depth analysis of the intelligence community's assessment.

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