House intel committee ends Russia probe, no colusion found
The House Intelligence Committee is shutting down the ridiculous Russia Probe. The committee will interview no more witnesses and Republicans are preparing their final report according to Rep. Mike Conaway (R Texas).
A draft copy will be delivered to Democrats on Tuesday and the findings are there is no evidence of Russia collusion. Exactly what President Trump has been saying for over a year.
i“We found no evidence of collusion,” Conaway said Monday. “We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings — but only Tom Clancy could take this series of inadvertent contacts, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a spy thriller that could go out there.”
Further, he said, “we couldn’t establish the same conclusion that the CIA did that they specifically wanted to help Trump.”
The announcement is not likely to end the partisan divide on the Russia probe because it is not really about collusion with the Democrats and the press. It is about removing Trump from office.
Conaway said Monday that he expects Democrats to make “extensive changes” to the draft report Republicans will deliver on Tuesday. Lawmakers from both parties have long said that Democrats would likely issue their own report.
The GOP report will confirm a broad-based Russian active measures campaign designed to sow discord during the 2016 presidential race, as well as a “lackluster” pre-election response to that campaign.
It will also include “how anti-Trump research made its way from Russian sources to the [Hillary] Clinton campaign,” an apparent reference to the controversial dossier of opposition research on Trump compiled in part by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was hired by the research firm Fusion GPS.
“We will say that there was an attempt to use foreign sources with respect to the Clinton campaign,” Conaway said.
“It was clear that it there was — at least Steele and however much he talked and didn’t talk to Russians — that’s foreigners and that information was paid for by the [Democratic National Committee] and the Clinton campaign,” Conaway said, adding, “I don’t have any direct evidence that they knew about it.”
The GOP report will also include a section covering what the committee believes were criminal leaks related to the dossier, though Conaway said that the committee lacked the evidence to make a criminal referral to the Justice Department.
The draft report also includes recommendations for both Congress and the executive branch, centered on election security, government response to cyberattacks and support to European allies.
The investigation, launched in January of 2017, is coming to a close after lawmakers reviewed more than 300,000 documents and interviewed 73 witnesses, including former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump Jr. and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner
It is also rumored that Robert Mueller will be shutting down his Russia probe soon. All of the evidence of collusion points to Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration. If justice is to be served it is time to start probing the real collusion. The Russian dossier used to get the FISA warrant to spy on Trump.