House Intel Panel Ends Highly Charged of Probe of 2016 Election

"No collusion. Which I knew anyway".

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. "I was very honoured by the report", said the US President.

"The committee also found the Trump campaign's periodic praise for and communications with WikiLeaks - a hostile foreign organization - to be highly objectionable and inconsistent with US national security interests." the report went on. For instance, several pages are redacted in the section on Russian cyberattacks.

"This dissemination worked in conjunction with derisive messages posted on social media to undermine confidence in the election and sow fear and division in American society", the report states. "Wow! A total Witch Hunt!"

His "periodic praise for and communications with Wikileaks, a hostile foreign organization", was "highly objectionable" and "inconsistent", the report states.

"Throughout the investigation, Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate - or even see, when in plain sight - evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses", Schiff said.

Schiff called on the committee to publicly release the transcripts from dozens of interviews with key witnesses, saying the public should be able to judge the evidence gathered by the committee.

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The report was released even as fresh stories emerged that a Russian lawyer who was present at a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian interlocutors at Trump Towers meeting in 2016 had closer ties to the Kremlin than previously known.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., center, standing with reporters.

But.maybe now the House Intel Committee can launch an investigation into that!

The report largely confirms the findings of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation was assessed to be responsible for cyberattacks on USA political institutions, including the hack of the Democratic National Committee's emails. In his absence, Conaway took over the probe.

He called on the panel to release the transcripts from the interviews it conducted with key witnesses, but Conaway, who took over the probe previous year, said the committee needs permission from intelligence officials before doing so.

Shortly after the report was released, Trump heralded it on Twitter and called for the investigations to end. The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs.

  • Adam Floyd