House Republicans Say There's No Evidence of Russian Collusion in Trump Campaign

House Republicans Say There's No Evidence of Russian Collusion in Trump Campaign

House Republicans Say There's No Evidence of Russian Collusion in Trump Campaign

Florida Republican and Intel Committee member Tom Rooney spoke with CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday to give his thoughts on GOP's announcement that they have found now evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russian Federation.

A draft summary of what the Republicans say will ultimately be a final report agrees with assessments by US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation conducted cyberattacks on American political institutions and sought to sow discord through social media, but not with their conclusion that the campaign was carried out to help Trump.

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the Russian Federation investigation, said Monday that the committee had concluded its interviews for the Russian Federation investigation, and the Republican staff had prepared a 150-page draft report that they would give to Democrats to review on Tuesday morning.

Committee member Rep. Mike Conway said the House investigation had found "bad judgment" and "inappropriate meetings" between Russian Federation and members of the Trump campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal, including the infamous Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. Stewart says the investigation found no evidence of that.

"We have learned a great deal about countless secret meetings, conversations and communications between Trump campaign officials and the Russians, all of which the Trump Administration initially denied. And we found no evidence of any collusion, of anything that people were actually doing, other than taking a meeting they shouldn't have taken or inadvertently being in the same building". "We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump".

Asked if he's concerned that lack of access to witnesses, combined with Democrats' criticism and lingering questions will undercut the value of the House GOP report, Conaway said he hoped the final product - and its supporting documents - would speak for itself. He said Democrats would have an opportunity to offer their input before the report is sent for declassification and ultimately public release, a process that could take at least a month. He said it was time to make recommendations as Americans have already begun voting in mid term elections.

It's widely expected Democrats will draft their own report that argues a case for collusion, as well as spells out all the avenues the committee did not investigate.

Schiff issued a list of subpoena requests Democrats had made that had gone ignored by Republicans on the committee.

The House GOP investigation failed to interview Manafort, or his partner Rick Gates, or Michael Flynn, or George Papadopoulos, all of whom have been indicted by Robert Mueller, and the latter three of whom are cooperating with his investigation.

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On a day when the White House press secretary declined to support the British prime minister Theresa May's conclusion that it is "highly likely" that Russian Federation was responsible for the poisoning of the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, Conaway argued vehemently against the notion that the Trump campaign had cooperated with Russian Federation to disrupt the presidential election.

With the House investigation wrapping up, the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the election continues.

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.

"To me, I don't see anything else that's out there that hasn't been explored", Rep. Pete King, a New York Republican, told CNN last week.

When Burnett asked why the investigation is ending if that's true and certain witnesses haven't been interviewed yet, Rooney answered that "we've gone completely off the rails".

Democrats and Republicans on the committee have interviewed the same 73 witnesses and viewed the same 300,000-plus documents, according to a tally Republicans released Monday.

"We've interviewed dozens, and dozens, I think almost 100 witnesses".

The announcement means that the Senate Intelligence Committee is the only investigative body left on Capitol Hill probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Instead, Conaway said, the committee would continue to investigate allegations of surveillance abuse the GOP highlighted in a controversial memo earlier this year.

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