Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee abruptly ended their investigation into Russian election meddling on Monday because they said there's no evidence that the Kremlin tried to get Donald Trump elected, breaking with the USA intelligence community's unanimous conclusion.
Rep. Mike Conaway said the Republicans on the committee prepared a 150-page report that they'll let Democrats review on Tuesday.
Conaway said that meeting "shouldn't have happened, no doubt about that".
The House investigation, one of three main congressional probes of Russian Federation and the 2016 investigation, and possible collusion or obstruction of justice by Trump or his aides, has been marred for months by partisan wrangling, including the release of rival Republican and Democratic memos related to the probe.
Already, however, the top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff, he's put out a statement saying that Republicans are more interested in protecting the president than they are protecting the country.
The Republicans also said that while there were Russian "active measures" to undermine the USA election in 2016, "We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians". Republicans and Democrats have both described that probe as far less partisan than the House's. Schiff said that the House minority will "endeavor to continue their work".
Robert Mueller is leading a separate probe into alleged collusion between the Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
House Republicans have barely even pretended to investigate Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections, and now even the bare pretense is coming to an end. He also says that the Republicans have been unwilling to follow the facts.
"The bottom line: The Russians did commit active measures against our election in '16, and we think they will do that in the future".
Schiff said evidence was "clear and overwhelming" that US intelligence agencies' assessment was correct that Russian Federation sought to boost Trump, hurt his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and sow discord.
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The committee's Russian Federation investigation included interviews with 73 witnesses and a review of roughly 300,000 pages of documents.
The end of the Russian Federation interviews is only the latest battleground on the House Intelligence Committee, which has been consumed by partisan fights for the better part of a year, from Chairman Devin Nunes' role in the investigation and more recently over competing memos about alleged surveillance abuses at the FBI during the Obama administration.
"We're through with interview phase". Democrats want to determine whether Prince lied to the panel about his meeting with a Kremlin representative in Seychelles in January 2017. Despite signals the committee would seek to hold him in contempt for refusing to answer questions related to the Trump administration and the transition period, that now appears unlikely.
LUCAS: Well, as you mentioned, they are going to see the GOP draft report tomorrow.
"I don't know that necessarily there was a full fledged campaign to do everything they could to help elect Donald Trump", Rooney said.
He is also investigating whether Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation, and is said to be discussing with White House lawyers whether the president himself will agree to be interviewed. "Once the committee's final report is issued, we hope our findings and recommendations will be useful for improving security and integrity for the 2018 midterm elections", he added.