Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

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

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

The Republican conclusion breaks with an assessment by the USA intelligence community a year ago that found Russian Federation allegedly meddled in an effort to help Mr Trump win the presidency.

Members of Congress, Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have been pushing the administration to punish Russian Federation for what House Speaker Paul Ryan described as a "sinister and systematic attack" on the 2016 USA campaign, and prevent potential foreign interference in this November's mid-term elections.

Mr. Conaway said the committee would turn over a 150-page draft report to Democrats on Tuesday for review and comment. And he denied that any of the initial conclusions by the GOP members represented an effort to undermine the work of the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the Russian Federation investigation on the House Intelligence Committee, on Monday told Fox News the panel has concluded its interviews and that it found no evidence of collusion. "And each time this new information becomes public, Republicans will be held accountable for abandoning a critical investigation of such vital national importance".

It also appears that Conaway ended the investigation without ever convening a meeting with Schiff and Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who head up the Senate panel looking into Russian interference.

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation. Tom Rooney, a Republican member of the committee, however said that was "not at all" the case on CNN.

Democrats were not part of the drafting of the GOP's report, and were not presented with a copy of the findings before Conaway addressed the press.

More news: Anthony Davis posts triple-double with 10 blocks vs. Jazz

Ending the House probe puts renewed urgency on Mueller's investigation of potential crimes committed by Americans connected to the Russian plot.

Schiff said late last month that there are "dozens of important witnesses who have yet been invited", and others who have refused to answer direct questions "of core investigative interest to the committee, and have asserted unprecedented and risible claims of privilege".

Trump took to Twitter to note the announcement, typing in all capital letters, that the House committee had found no evidence of collusion or coordination after a 14-month-long "in-depth investigation".

Democrats have said the committee should hear from more witnesses. Intelligence agencies will also have to review the document and clear information in it for release. The document includes more than 25 recommendations related to election and cyber security, counterintelligence practices and campaign finance rules.

The investigation had made little forward progress since December, committee members said.

He noted that there will be critics no matter what the Republicans concluded.

Like this: