House Republicans Say GOP Establishment Opened Way for Russian Influence

House Republicans Say GOP Establishment Opened Way for Russian Influence

The House intelligence committee voted Thursday to approve its final report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, ending its inquiry and giving a final endorsement to the GOP conclusion there was no coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.

On the subject of collusion, the report says that "when asked directly, none of the interviewed witnesses provided evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government". FINDINGS: (1) No evidence provided of Collusion between Trump Campaign & Russia.

Committee ranking member Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg's media blitz House Intel votes to release report in Russian Federation probe Top Intel Dem: Minority "absolutely" plans to continue Russian Federation witness interviews MORE (D-Calif.) after the meeting on Thursday accused Republicans of failing to conduct a serious investigation, including compelling witnesses who failed to answer committee questions.

"That's no way to conduct an investigation", Schiff said.

Schiff called the decision to end the investigation "a rather sad chapter in our Committee's long history".

Mr. Conaway said the panel interviewed more than 70 witnesses, reviewed more than 300,000 pages of documents and sent investigators to seven countries.

It "will include minority views if the minority submits them", Nunes said in a statement.

Reports have emerged from a whistleblower this week that British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed Facebook users' information to build profiles on American voters later used to help elect Mr Trump in 2016.

Hidden camera footage released by British tv showed a company official criticizing how the House committee conducted its interview.


Entities and companies the Democrats want documents from, such as Deutsche Bank, which paid a $425 million dollar fine previous year for its involvement in a money-laundering scheme with Russian clients, and a number of social media and tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Snapchat, and Imgur, to continue the committee's probe into the depth of the Russian disinformation campaign.

A summary of report findings concluded that Russian Federation conducted cyber attacks on US political institutions, using social media to undermine the electoral process.

Russia's efforts to set up a "back channel" with the Trump team after the election indicates there was no collusion during the race.

And though the Republicans said they were "concerned" about Mr. Page's "seemingly incomplete accounts" of a summer 2016 trip to Moscow, they noted that he had not been traveling on behalf of the campaign.

Several of Trump's associates - including Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser - have been accused of violating the Logan Act.

Republican Rep. Mike Conaway said the committee approved the release. "(3) Clapper provided inconsistent testimony on media contacts", he said. The House panel's investigation of how Russian Federation might have sought to influence the 2016 US presidential election, and whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow has, has been marked by partisan disagreements for months.

Republicans consistently argued that Democrats were extending the probe for political purposes and to smear Mr. Trump. Nunes was recused for months after a late-night visit to the White House raised questions about improper communications with Trump associates.

Just a week ago, the committee revealed that they found "no evidence of collusion" and said there's no basis for claims from figures in the intelligence community who said Russian President Vladimir Putin had a "supposed preference" for Trump during the election.

The probes have shadowed Trump's presidency, and the president has repeatedly denounced them, and Mueller, leading to concerns he might fire the special counsel.

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