No Evidence of Collusion Between Russia and Trump Campaign

The Republican-run House Intelligence Committee released a redacted version of its final report on Russian'Active Measures that exonerates the Trump campaign from having any'collusion with Russia

US President Donald Trump said the new Republican-run House Intelligence Committee report exonerated his campaign from colluding with Russian Federation, insisting that nobody has been tougher on the country than him.

The heavily redacted 253-page report came out of a committee led by Republicans that has been split by party ideology over the course of the year-long investigation. "The committee found no evidence that meetings between Trump associates, including [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions, and official representatives of the Russian government, including Ambassador [Sergey] Kislyak, reflected collusion, coordination or conspiracy with the Russian government".

Mueller's probe is continuing, as are investigations by the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

Aside from concluding Trump's election campaign did not collude with Russian officials, the House report found that Russia did use hacking, cyberattacks, and social media like Facebook to try to stoke confusion and discord in the United States.

The report apparently supports previous media reports that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents did not believe Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to them. He said the committee did not find any evidence of collusion.

"Mr. President, to conclude there is "no evidence" of collusion, you must ignore Russia's extensive efforts to help your campaign, the litany of communications between Russian Federation & your campaign, & the massive effort to hide these contacts", Schiff said.

Friday it was revealed that the lawyer that the Trump campaign met with was an informant for the Russian government.

But the committee's Republicans didn't let the Trump campaign completely off the hook.

Among the 44 findings in the report was a line stating that "Federal Bureau of Investigation agents did not detect any deception during Flynn's interview".

The news agency supposes that the Democrats will probably criticize the Committee's conclusions.

The report chided the Federal Bureau of Investigation for "inadequate" notification to the victims of Russian hacking, which included the Democratic National Committee.

It found Russian state actors were responsible for the "dissemination of documents and communications stolen from USA political organizations".

On Friday, Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) reiterated that sentiment.

The committee's investigation began with bipartisanship but ultimately succumbed to factional squabbling. She also called on House Republicans to release transcripts from the committee's probe.

"I will continue to challenge the IC's many unnecessary redactions with the hopes of releasing more of the report in the coming months".

House investigators cautioned that Russian Federation will continue meddling in US elections and suggested some fixes that would help the government and politicians better defend against that interference.

"They have been crafted to advance a political narrative that exonerates the president, downplays Russia's preference and support for then-candidate Trump, explains away repeated contacts by Trump associates with Russia-aligned actors, and seeks to shift suspicion towards President Trump's political opponents and the prior administration", Democrats wrote in a separate minority report. Tanner Kenney examines their findings that seem more focused on protecting Donald Trump as opposed to addressing Russian collusion.

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