The Republican House Intelligence Committee members announced on Monday they are ending the Trump-Russia Collusion investigation after an intense 14 months citing lack of evidence to support collusion or coordination between the Trump Campaign and Russia to influence the election.
Representative Mike Conaway, a Republican Senator from Texas who and a Committee member said after thoroughly going through over 300 thousand documents, interviewed over 73 witnesses and heard over 230 hours of testimony, it is their determination that they found no collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow’s efforts to influence the 2016 election.
Although Republicans agreed that the Russians sought to influence the election by spreading propaganda and disinformation through social media and fake news, they nonetheless disputed the findings by the so-called “17 Agencies” including the CIA, FBI and the National Security Agency who claimed, using the Hillary Clinton and DNC-funded dossier that Moscow sought to help Trump win the election and defeat Trump.
“We’re through with interview phase. We’re now in the report drafting phase,” GOP Representative Mike Conaway, who has led the panel’s investigation for the past year, told Reuters.
The House GOP made the announcement despite Democrats objections and even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the Russia probe seems to be looking for new targets among Trump associated in a bid to build a case against President Trump.
After the announcement, President Trump took to Twitter writing in CAPS that the House Intel Committee had, after 14 months of investigation “found no evidence of collusion or coordination after a 14-month long in-depth investigation.”
Republican members of the House of Representatives committee have accused Democrats of playing political football with the fake Trump-Russia collusion narrative and for wanting to prolong and drag the investigation until the midterm elections which will be held in November this year.
They have also been saying for weeks that they were nearing the end of the interview phase of the probe and hence, needed to release their findings, publicize them and then prepare for the next general election in November.
President Trump has been consistent in his denial of any alleged collusion between his campaign and the Russia.
Speaking in interview, Conaway said of Democrats, “There’s opportunity for this investigation to go on forever if in fact you don’t want to come to any conclusions… if you want to make hay in the run up to the election.”
The House Republicans’ announcement shifts attention across the Capitol to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has been conducting its own investigation. Republicans and Democrats have both described that probe as far less partisan than the House’s.
The House Republicans said they had already completed a draft version of what they said would eventually be the committee’s final report on the investigation.
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