House Intel finds 'no evidence of collusion' between Trump campaign and Russian Federation
Mar 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
While Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia election meddling and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians looks like it is still has a lot more left to it, the House Intelligence Committee appears to have reached its end.
CNN reported, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, that Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), who is leading the panel's Russian Federation probe, is expected to announce Monday that the committee has finished its interviews in the probe and will begin to craft a report on its findings.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on Monday announced they've concluded the interview portion of their Russian Federation investigation.
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.
"At the outset of the Russian Federation probe, both parties committed to a thorough investigation that would follow the facts wherever they lead", Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee's senior Democrat and a former federal prosecutor, said in a recent statement.
CNNreported that the partisanship likely runs so deep that the committee will release two competing reports.
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Instead, Schiff said, Republicans declined to subpoena witnesses to compel them to answer key questions after witnesses refused to do so during their voluntary, closed-door appearances before the committee.
Conaway said that the Republicans on the committee wanted to interview former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but said Schiff "wanted to delay us". They said that the final interviews were rushed and the committee was too lenient in its questioning of witnesses.
The committee issued a subpoena to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in January, but in his return testimony he still did not answer questions about his time in the White House.
The report also included more than 25 recommendations for Congress and the executive branch to improve election security, USA government response to cyberattacks, campaign finance transparency, and counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns and unauthorized disclosures.
In addition to subpoenas and witnesses, Democrats have long raised issues about looking into Trump's finances, something the committee had not probed. "I'm sure they will have specific folks they wanted to interview".
The House Intelligence Committee has finished all of its interviews in its congressional Russian Federation investigation.