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Ewing writes: "House intelligence committee Republicans on Monday cleared President Trump's campaign of colluding with the Russians who attacked the 2016 U.S. election, concluding a probe that minority Democrats had long argued was focused on appeasing the White House."

Representative Mike Conaway, R-TX, of the House intelligence committee, said the panel has concluded there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. Other investigations are ongoing. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Representative Mike Conaway, R-TX, of the House intelligence committee, said the panel has concluded there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. Other investigations are ongoing. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


Republicans Shut Down House Russia Investigation

By Philip Ewing, NPR

13 March 18

 

ouse intelligence committee Republicans on Monday cleared President Trump's campaign of colluding with the Russians who attacked the 2016 U.S. election, concluding a probe that minority Democrats had long argued was focused on appeasing the White House.

The intelligence committee's findings do not end the Russia imbroglio — the Senate intelligence committee and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller are continuing their work — but they provide a political shot in the arm for Trump. The president touted the findings on Twitter later Monday night.

Trump and his advisers have denied from the first they had any role in what intelligence officers call the "active measures" that Russia has been waging against the United States for years. The Republicans' initial report on Monday affirmed that those active measures have been taking place but said there was no evidence Trump played any role in them and, in a departure with the U.S. intelligence community, Republicans disputed that they were intended to help Trump win.

Republicans also highlighted what they call the real problems within the Russia matter, including what they say was the abuse of surveillance powers by national security officials and what they called "problematic contacts between senior intelligence community officials and the media."

House committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., was set to send the majority's draft of the report to Democrats on Tuesday for their review. Democrats are expected to dispute its conclusions as premature or partisan and raise what they call the roadblocks to a true investigation that Republicans put in place. Ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., wanted to issue certain subpoenas or pursue other leads, for example, which he said the majority would not accommodate.

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 Russia probe: a majority Republican report and a minority Democratic one that reach different conclusions.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, another top Republican on the intelligence committee, told reporters that meetings and other contacts between people on the Trump campaign and Russians might have been ill-advised at the time but did not add up to an international conspiracy to throw the election.

"We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings," he told The Associated Press and other news organizations. "But only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, or meetings or whatever, and weave that into sort of a fiction page turner, spy thriller."


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-13 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-13 09:06
I read about this. It seems like a fairly narrow decision; that is, it only speaks of "collusion" between Trump and Russia and leaves out all the other big messes. Even Mueller seems to have given up on the collusion charge. The indictment of the Petersburg 13 clears Trump and Putin of any collusion (at least in a strict reading of what has now been filed).

The House committee does not address the DNC or Podesta emails and many other things. so the drama will go on.
 
 
+15 # No Go 2018-03-13 09:28
"We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings," Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, another top Republican on the intelligence committee told the Associated Press and other news organizations.

Hmm - "bad judgement, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgement."

That's what Trump's totally partisan protectors say about the conduct of the top officials of the Trump campaign, but because they control both houses of the Congress and the White House, they will refuse to investigate further.

Meanwhile, virtually the entire Intelligence community, who are privy to the highest level of classified information, the Special Prosecutor Mueller, the ranking minority member of the Intelligence Committee, itself, and a majority of the American people believe that a full-blown investigation should be conducted.

Clearly, Democrats need to resoundingly win the Midterm Elections!
 
 
-6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-13 11:35
No Go -- "a full-blown investigation should be conducted."


Yes, this would be nice, but there is no chance in hell. This thing is politicized to the very top. Everyone is pushing an agenda.

It is really a problem that we are unable to have "full blown investigations" of almost anything. JFK is still unresolved. 9-11 is a mess. Iran-Contra was covered up. Watergate was botched. I really can't think of a good "fully blown investigation in US history."
 
 
+5 # No Go 2018-03-13 19:07
Well, let's flip the Congress; so, at least, we will have a chance at an investigation.
There is enough evidence, already, to produce the appearance of corruption, collusion, and obstruction on the part of Trump and his cronies; so, let's have an investigation that spends as much time and money on discovery as the Republicans spent on Benghazi.
We know they came up with nothing on Hillary in that investigation, but the same may not be true with regard to Trump.
 

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