Trump touts House Intel conclusions on Russian Federation

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"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", Trump tweeted.

President Trump tweeted the news sometime later, in all caps, finding vindication in the findings.

Conclusions reached by the Republicans in their draft report represent a break with the USA intelligence community, which determined in January 2017 that part of the Kremlin's strategy was to help Trump's chances of winning.

The committee's Russian Federation investigation included interviews with 73 witnesses and a review of roughly 300,000 pages of documents, Conaway said. Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr has said he's separating out the election security issues for the 2018 primary season while the committee continues to investigate questions about collusion and the 2016 election.

Previous year the committee erupted in partisan battle after chairman Rep. Devin Nunes visited the White House without other committee members and reviewed information which alleged that Obama-era national security officials had spied on the Trump campaign. Republicans and Democrats have both described that probe as far less partisan than the House's. The two parties haven't even been able to agree on the scope of their investigation into Russian meddling. The president has repeatedly denied there was any collusion.

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The House Republicans said they had already completed a draft version of what they said would eventually be the committee's final report on the investigation. Republicans have countered that Democrats on the panel have turned private proceedings into a television spectacle to earn political points. A declassified version then will be made public.

While the committee's statement was relatively straightforward - or at least lacked any of the colorful commentary associated with the White House - Conaway told reporters that claims of collusion, despite any number of odd meetings and piling guilty pleas, were something found only in fiction.

In an outline of a draft report released on Monday, the committee gave a glimpse of some of its findings, which challenge even the assessment of intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin preferred Donald Trump to win the 2016 election over Hillary Clinton. He also said he doubts that many witness transcripts will be included, as he had hoped. The Democrats suggested six individuals of interest they wanted to subpoena late last month, but those individuals were rejected by the Republicans on the committee.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top committee Democrat, strongly disagreed, and blasted the announcement as a premature shutdown.

In recent weeks, the committee's internal dysfunction grew even wider as national headlines followed Democrats and Republicans issuing dueling memos over alleged Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation abuses at the nation's secret surveillance court when securing warrants to spy on Trump campaign personnel. Both Manafort and Flynn have been targeted by the special counsel's office for dissembling about their ties to pro-Russian operatives, as has former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos - another individual the committee didn't interview.

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