GOP-led panel clears Trump in Russia inquiry

GOP-led panel clears Trump in Russia inquiry

GOP-led panel clears Trump in Russia inquiry

The House intelligence committee Friday officially ended its Russian Federation probe, saying in its final report that it found no evidence that The Trump Campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Cheriss May/Sipa USA/NewscomToday the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee released its report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said in a statement Friday that, "given the substantial interest at stake, the committee is publishing the redacted version we've received". " "No evidence" that the Trump Campaign 'colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russia.' Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia - Wow!"

The Mueller investigation, he said, is "a witch hunt". They added that interaction between Trump's team and WikiLeaks, which published emails obtained in a hack of the Democratic National Committee, was "highly objectionable and inconsistent with USA national security interests".

It criticised a meeting at Trump Tower in NY in June 2016 between a Kremlin-linked lawyer and three of Trump's top aides - his son Donald Jr; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort - after Trump Jr had been told a Russian government lawyer had incriminating information on Clinton.

No information was provided, Trump Jr. later said. It also said both the Trump and Clinton campaigns had exercised poor judgment considering Russia's role.

They also urged the body to release transcripts of interviews with key witnesses in the probe. Republicans had already announced the main findings last month.

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Despite being cleared by the House panel, the Trump campaign is still under investigation by intelligence and judiciary committees in the Senate, the upper chamber of US Congress.

Also, the Federal Bureau of Investigation successfully renewed secret warrants to spy on a Trump official, Page, during the campaign, which requires multiple levels of authorization and approval from a secret court. Many Twitter users expressed dissatisfaction in the outcome of the GOP's investigation and accused them of halfheartedly probing the issue to protect the president.

"I am extremely disappointed with the overzealous redactions made by the IC".

"Many of the redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified", Conaway noted.

Conaway said the committee had pledged to be "as transparent as possible" with the report.

However, the report says that Moscow is still trying to interfere in elections.

Flynn lost his job over the Russian Federation contacts controversy - and as recently as December, even President Trump claimed Flynn had "lied" to agents. The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs.

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