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Russian Federation probe: House intel Republicans end investigation despite Dem protests

Russian Federation probe: House intel Republicans end investigation despite Dem protests

In addition to the statement on coordination with Russians, the draft picks apart a central assessment made by the USA intelligence community shortly after the 2016 election - that Russian meddling in the campaign was meant to help Trump and support Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Journal reported that members of the two parties are unlikely to come to a consensus on the investigation's central question - whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in its election interference operation during the 2016 election.

"To me, I don't see anything else that's out there that hasn't been explored", Rep. Pete King, a New York Republican, told CNN last week. Republicans would likely accuse Democrats of partisanship if the Russian Federation investigation was reopened.

The committee's Russian Federation investigation included interviews with 73 witnesses and a review of roughly 300,000 pages of documents, Conaway said.




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.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, also investigating the meddling, is expected to release transcripts soon of closed-door interviews with several people who attended the 2016 meeting between the Trump campaign and Russians.

Democrats also sought subpoenas for the committee's last two witnesses, outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, but Republicans did not issue them. GOP draft report will also contend that evidence does NOT support intel community assessment that PUTIN tried to help Trump win. It will blame officials in former President Barack Obama's administration for a "lackluster" response and look at leaks from the intelligence community to the media.

At one point, Republicans considered erecting a wall in the committee's office to separate GOP and Democratic aides. Probes of the issue, by congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, have shadowed Trump's first 14 months in office.


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