House Republicans abruptly end Russian Federation probe in President Trump's favor, enraging Democrats

House Republicans Conclude Pretend Russia Investigation, Declare Trump Innocent

But the panel's Republicans take issue with the key finding that Putin was trying get Trump elected.

Ultimately, Monday's announcement by intelligence committee Republicans set the stage for the partisan outcome that has long appeared in store for the committee's Russian Federation probe: a majority Republican report and a minority Democratic one that reach different conclusions.

Representative Adam Schiff, the panel's ranking Democrat, said last week that there were dozens more witnesses who should be called before the panel, and many more documents that should be subpoenaed. They're also concerned that closing the investigation could isolate the parallel criminal inquiry being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Figures who never appeared before the committee include a number who have been indicted by Mueller, like former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates. That indictment notes that the effort - which it doesn't explicitly connect to the Russian government - included attempts to boost Trump and disparage his rival, Hillary Clinton.

Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, said on Sunday that the committee, which is not widely regarded as being at the spearhead of the investigation into Russian Federation and Trump, had uncovered "circumstantial evidence of collusion".

In another sign of the partisan tensions, the committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, had not been told as of midafternoon Monday that Republicans planned to end the witness interview portion of the Russian Federation investigation, according to a Democratic source. Further, it has not yet been shared with Democratic members of the committee, led by Rep.

Nunes, a close supporter of the president, sought with some success to turn it into an investigation of the previous administration of Barack Obama, whom he and Trump accused of illegally spying on the Republican's campaign.

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Rooney argued that the investigation needed to end because the committee was losing its credibility. Hale was referring to the conclusion of the FBI, CIA and NSA made public in a January 2017 report.

Reports suggest that investigators believe Prince was acting as a representative of the Trump transition team, but Prince told the House Intelligence Committee that wasn't true.

Democrats have also warned Republicans against shutting down the panel investigation before Mueller's investigation is completed. That could take weeks.

Republican members of the House committee, including Reps.

While Republicans found no evidence of collusion, an outline of their draft report says that they found Russian cyber attacks on US political institutions in 2015-16, the use of social media by Russians to sow discord in American, a pattern of Russian attacks on America's European allies, and a "lackluster" pre-election response by the USA government to Russian active measures. We'll see whether they merit much of a mention in the final GOP report.

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