House Intel Panel Ends Highly Charged of Probe of 2016 Election

President Donald Trump has insisted his campaign did not collude with Russia to help him win the election
President Donald Trump has insisted his campaign did not collude with Russia to help him win the election

30 April, 2018

House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has cleared Donald Trump's presidential campaign of conspiring with Russia's attack on the 2016 election.

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One of the key authors of the document, Representative Mike Conaway, said that he was "extremely disappointed" by this overzealous censorship, adding that he and his team would challenge the unnecessary redactions in hopes of releasing more of the report in the coming months. Schiff cited several "secret meetings and communication" between people linked to Russian Federation and Trump campaign officials including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump Jr.

The House panel final report, which Republicans said was based on interviews with 73 witnesses and a review of over 300,000 documents, came out with little surprise since Republicans on the committee in March issued a one-page summary of their findings making clear that no evidence of collusion had been found during the investigation.

A 14-month investigation into alleged Russian meddling in USA affairs by the House Intelligence Committee is wrapping up.

Mueller's probe is continuing, as are investigations by the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. Some portions of the public report are redacted for national security reasons.

The highly redacted report from the House Intelligence Committee also unearthed a previously undisclosed email sent from Flynn to an unnamed Trump campaign staffer on July 15, 2016.

The report's conclusion is being opposed by Democrats, who say the committee did not do enough to support its finding.

Republicans' report faults President Barack Obama's administration for what it calls a sluggish and disorganized response to the attack on the 2016 campaign.

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But.maybe now the House Intel Committee can launch an investigation into that! But the probe did provide important public revelations.

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The episode drew questions about whether Nunes was coordinating with the White House and ultimately led to his recusing from the probe amid an ethics investigation into whether he mishandled classified information.

The panel also found that Russians leveraged social media in the sow discord during the campaign.

It also said Congress should consider revising the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to include "malicious worldwide cyber actors".

House investigators cautioned that Russian Federation will continue meddling in US elections and suggested some fixes that would help the government and politicians better defend against that interference.

The committee urged intelligence officials to immediately alert presidential candidates when they discover "legitimate" threats to the campaign.

Additionally, the committee recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs of certain employees with top secret clearances.

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