House Republicans release Russian Federation report that Democrats claim is a whitewash

28 April, 2018, 10:57 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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The Republican-led House intelligence committee has released a lengthy report concluding it found no evidence Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential campaign - a finding that drew praise from the United States president and rebuttals from Democrats.

Two former Trump advisers claimed during the campaign they knew Russian Federation had dirt on Clinton, or had communicated with the group that hacked Democratic emails - before those things happened.

The report contained a large number of redactions and a conclusion that while the meddling by Russian Federation was real, collusion with the Trump campaign was not.

The House Intelligence Committee report, which was disputed by Democrats and released over their objections, provides virtually no public information to back up its conclusion about Flynn's interactions with the agents - as most of the section explaining that finding is redacted. They detailed how Russians used fake identities to get Trump campaign staffers in Florida to stage a rally that featured Hillary Clinton in a cage, as well as other pro-Trump rallies. Clinton campaign paid for opposition research from Russia - Wow! A total Witch Hunt!

Last month, in response to the committee announcing that finding, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it stood by the intelligence community's findings and it will review the committee's report. The probe, they insisted, is not over yet. Democrats on the committee released their own dissenting report.

Committee on intelligence of the U.S. Congress published a declassified part of the report devoted to Russia's intervention in the election campaign of 2016.

In terms of collusion, however, the House intelligence committee accepted the denials of people involved who said they played no role in the Russian attack.

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Those actions include the Trump tower meeting with Trump campaign staffers and a Russian lawyer as well as the DNC and Clinton campaign's efforts to hide their involvement in funding opposition research against the Trump campaign.

Democrats slammed the report.

Finally, Democrats and legal experts have argued the Republican investigation ignored key witnesses and evidence.

The report apparently supports previous media reports that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents did not believe Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to them.

The House Intelligence Committee never interviewed Flynn or his son because they both filed written statements announcing that they would invoke their Fifth Amendment rights in order to avoid self-incrimination as it applied to Mueller's sweeping Russian Federation investigation.

In a statement, Rep. Mike Conaway, (R-TX), who has been leading the investigation, said he was "extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions" made by the intelligence agencies. Trump then turned to sanction Russian Federation from these findings.

Nunes also probed how Justice Department officials conducted court-approved surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor, shortly before the election.

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