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House Intel finds 'no evidence of collusion' between Trump campaign and Russian Federation

13 March 2018

The House Intelligence Committee has completed interviews and is preparing a report on its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Democrats say there are still scores of witnesses the committee should call, and argue that Republicans have failed to use subpoenas to obtain documents and require witnesses to answer questions that are central to the investigation.

The committee is expected to produce separate reports from Republicans and Democrats, according to CNN: Republicans will likely conclude that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, while Democrats will argue "a case for collusion" and note areas that the committee did not investigate. Once the draft report is adopted by committee Democrats, the report will be submitted to the intelligence community for a declassification review, and following that process, will be released to the public, officials said, though the timeline at this point is unknown.

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Several Republicans on the panel have been signaling for several weeks now that they're ready for the Russian Federation investigation to wrap up, arguing that Democrats are trying to extend the probe into the campaign season. Conaway told reporters that he would give committee Democrats the report on Tuesday for their comments, suggestions and proposed changes, which he would take under advisement before presenting it to the intelligence community for redactions. And it increases pressure on the collegial Senate Intelligence Committee to come out with a credible bipartisan report from its own Russian Federation probe. It is expected that the GOP will say there is no collusion while Democrats will say they need more subpoenas.

Even while he had stepped aside, Nunes upset Democrats by continuing to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses.

Although the committee interviewed prominent people in Trump's circle, like former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, it was unable to secure an interview with the president himself.

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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.

Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes talk to the press. "I'm sure they will have specific folks they wanted to interview".

The three congressional investigations are operating separately from one being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr has said he's separating out the election security issues for the 2018 primary season while the committee continues to investigate questions about collusion and the 2016 election.

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House Intel finds 'no evidence of collusion' between Trump campaign and Russian Federation