'No Collusion': US House GOP Exonerates Trump Campaign

President Donald Trump

The House Intelligence Committee released a redacted version Friday of a report on its year-long investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The report contained a large number of redactions and a conclusion that while the meddling by Russian Federation was real, collusion with the Trump campaign was not. Clinton Campaign paid for Opposition Research obtained from Russia- Wow! A total Witch Hunt!

But the committee's ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff of California, told reporters that the report exemplified "the [Republican] majority's fundamentally flawed approach to the investigation and the superficial and political nature of its conclusions". The probe, they insisted, is not over yet.

The Republican called on the committee to publicly release the transcripts from dozens of interview with key witnesses, saying the public should be able to judge the evidence gathered by the committee. An investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is ongoing, as is a probe led by the Senate intelligence committee.

The president's campaign was particularly singled out for criticism by the report, in that the "June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer who falsely purported to have damaging information on the Clinton campaign demonstrated poor judgment".

As fully expected and essentially predetermined, the 253-page report concludes that there was no "collusion" between members of President Donald Trump's election campaign and the Russian government.

"I was very honored by the report", President Trump said from the White House.

Meantime, while Democrats may be praying the Mueller probe produces more fruit than the House investigation came up with- they'll have a new House Chaplin to lead that prayer.

"There are a number of things happening (and will happen) this election via cyber operations (by both hacktivists, nation-states and the DNC)", Flynn wrote in the email, using an acronym for the Democratic National Committee.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said he was "extremely disappointed" with the amount of redactions in the report.

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

Friday's heavily redacted report contained new surprises because a summary of the panel's conclusions was made public last month.

The evidence was far less explosive than Nunes had claimed, and he stepped aside as chairman during a House ethics committee investigation that later cleared him. Many Twitter users expressed dissatisfaction in the outcome of the GOP's investigation and accused them of halfheartedly probing the issue to protect the president.

Then, the committee criticized Trump's shows of support for Wikileaks. "Numerous redactions include information that is publicly available, such as witness names and information previously declassified", he said in a statement. The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs.

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