House Republicans Conclude Pretend Russia Investigation, Declare Trump Innocent

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The Journal reported that members of the two parties are unlikely to come to a consensus on the investigation's central question - whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in its election interference operation during the 2016 election.

The GOP majority on the House panel will show its draft report to Democrats on Tuesday before seeking approval from the full committee to release it. Democrats plan to write a separate report that will likely conclude there is strong evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. He said that the report would likely not be released to the public before April. Conaway said it was clear the Russians were trying to sow discord in the 2016 U.S. election, but Republicans did not establish the same conclusions as the Central Intelligence Agency that they specifically were trying to help Trump.

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.

"We found no evidence of collusion", Conaway told reporters, suggesting that those who believe there was are reading too many spy novels.

But he added: "We found no evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it colluded with the Russians". Throughout the process, Democrats have said they are unhappy with what they deem to be a lack of thoroughness in the GOP-run investigation.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican released a controversial memo that alleged misconduct at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department with regard to obtaining a FISA surveillance warrant in order to surveil the communications of a former Trump associate.

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Democrats have also warned Republicans against shutting down the panel investigation before Mueller's investigation is completed.

The committee issued a subpoena to former White House chief strategist Bannon in January, but in his return testimony he still did not answer questions about his time in the White House. Conaway is the Republican leading the House probe, one of several investigations on Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Among the witnesses who were reportedly not called before the committee were Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chair, and Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser.

"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. It also will examine "how anti-Trump research made its way from Russian sources to the Clinton campaign; and Problematic contacts between senior Intelligence Community officials and the media".

It will include at least 25 recommendations, including how to improve election security, respond to cyberattacks and improve counterintelligence efforts.

Conaway did not rule out reopening the investigation if new information emerges from the Senate Russia investigation or special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

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