House Intel Committee Announces End of Interviews; Top Republican Says No Evidence of Collusion
The House Intelligence Committee has reached a verdict that there was “no evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy” between Donald Trump‘s campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), one of the top Republicans on the committee, spoke to John Roberts on Fox News shortly after the news broke. The congressman confirmed that the committee will soon release a final report, which reportedly states there is no definite evidence of collusion despite some “bad judgment, inappropriate meetings” involved with Russian officials.
We found no reason to think there is something we are missing in this regard,” Conaway said. “We have talked to everybody we feel we need to talk to.”
When asked whether Robert Mueller will come to a different conclusion with his special counsel investigation, Conaway said he thought his investigation was thorough. The congressman also brushed off criticisms from those who said that there are multiple questions that haven’t been answered yet, as well as people like Paul Manafort who they haven’t interviewed.
“We have nothing to do with the Mueller investigation. He has separate tools and separate authorities,” Conaway said. “I hope he does a terrific job, but we didn’t find any evidence of collusion, and I don’t know that he will either.”
The full report will be released tomorrow, though the GOP has also previewed it with a one-page summary of their general findings. There document mentions topics like Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions, and the GOP’s conclusion that Vladimir Putin had no preference for Trump during the 2016 election.
Democrats on the committee are likely to protest this announcement, having said there were several witnesses who haven’t been interviewed yet, and ought to be subpoenaed. It is worth noting that the investigations from Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee are still in effect.
This story is developing and we shall add more accordingly.
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