Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. A finding that pleased the White House but enraged Democrats who had not yet seen the document.
After a year-long investigation, Texas representative Mike Conaway announced Monday that the committee has finished interviewing the witnesses and will share the report with the Democrats for the first time today.
“The real collusion scandal, as we’ve said several times before, has everything to do with the Clinton campaign fusion GPS in Russia. There’s clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the President, to influence elections. We’ve been saying from day one, there’s been no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all.”
The committee talked to over 50 witnesses, di 75 interviews and went over thousands of documents but no evidence of collusion was found.
For the first time President Trump tweeted in all caps:
“The House Intelligence Committee has after a 14-month long in-depth investigation, found no evidence of collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 Presidential election.”
This draft report included 40 other findings including how Russians used social media to sow discord in 2015 and 2016. How anti-Trump research made its way from Russian sources to the Clinton campaign, and problematic context between senior intelligence community officials and the media.
The report also included more than 25 recommendations for Congress and the executive branch to improve election security. US government response to cyber-attacks, campaign finance transparency and counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns and unauthorized disclosures; all that was in there.