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Draft GOP report: No co-ordination between Trump and Russia

Conaway of Texas right last month in Washington. Credit Jacquelyn Martin  Associated Press Conaway of Texas right last month in Washington. Credit Jacquelyn Martin Associated Press
Glenn Montgomery | 14 March, 2018, 00:37

One Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said he wanted its Russian Federation investigation to shut down because it has "lost all credibility" shortly after its announcement on Monday that it had found no evidence of Russian Federation colluding with President Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election.

West Texas Congressman Mike Conaway notes there may have been some bad judgments or inappropriate meetings, but no collusion.

"We're very happy with the decision by the House Intelligence Committee saying there was absolutely no collusion with respect to Russia", Trump said early Tuesday.

That these are the key questions is good news for the Trump administration - an admission that no clear-cut evidence of "collusion" has been unearthed. He also said there was no evidence that anything "untoward" happened at a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and Russians, though he called it ill-advised.

Indeed, the top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, commented that the decision to end the probe marked a "tragic milestone for this Congress". Neither has yet produced any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"It's obvious and yet they claim in this report made for talk radio that that wasn't the case", he continued, claiming that House Republicans "are happy to ignore" Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director.

GOP lawmakers plan to give a report and Democrats are likely issue their own briefing about the findings. But, he added, "We disagree with the narrative that they were trying to help Trump". At least he will not be in a position to interfere with real investigative efforts underway in the Senate and by the special counsel. "That's what American leaders have always done, collaboratively as Republicans and Democrats, after every major attack upon our nation". "So I want to thank the House Intelligence Committee and all of the people that voted so strongly".

Although completion of a draft report was announced abruptly Monday evening, Republicans had signaled for weeks that they were ready to wind down the investigation.

Himes, who has made frequent cable news appearances to talk about the committee's work, learned that the Republican majority was wrapping up the investigation from media reports Monday night.

U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

The Republican's preliminary findings come as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to head a separate investigation into Russian Federation and possible collusion with the Trump campaign that has shown signs of increasing intensity over the past few weeks. "If the Russians do have leverage over the president of the United States, the majority has simply decided it would rather not know", he said.

Republicans on House committee find no evidence...

He has also said the committee had obtained only incomplete and, in some cases, potentially incorrect testimony from a spate of other witnesses, including Donald Trump, Jr., Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks and Trump associate and Blackwater founder Erik Prince.

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