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Politics Democrats fuming after House GOP ends Russia probe

19:56  13 march  2018
19:56  13 march  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

House Republicans say no evidence of collusion as they end Russia probe

  House Republicans say no evidence of collusion as they end Russia probe The House Intelligence Committee has concluded its interviews for the investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign operation and Russia, a move that signals the beginning of the end for the panel's Russia probe, according to a source familiar with the matter.(CNN)Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced Monday they found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that they are shutting down their yearlong investigation.

Image: Adam SchiffRep. Adam Schiff of California, ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, at the U.S. Capitol in December.© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Adam SchiffRep. Adam Schiff of California, ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, at the U.S. Capitol in December.

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are expressing outrage over the decision by their House Republican counterparts to end the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and collusion, arguing that they haven't uncovered the truth.

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Republicans announced Monday evening that they are ending the House Intelligence Committee probe after finding no evidence that Russians colluded with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, according to a 150-page report released by Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas.

Top Intel Dem excoriates GOP over end of Russia probe

  Top Intel Dem excoriates GOP over end of Russia probe The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) ripped into Republicans on the committee on Monday after they announced they were ending the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling."While the Majority members of our committee have indicated for some time that they have been under great pressure to end the investigation, it is nonetheless another tragic milestone for this Congress, and represents yet another capitulation to the executive branch," Schiff said in a statement.

In response, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the panel, slammed Republicans and called it a "tragic milestone for this Congress and represents yet another capitulation to the executive branch."

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is responsible for determining "whether U.S. laws were broken and who should be prosecuted," Schiff added Monday night. "It is not Mueller's job to tell the American people what happened, that is our job, and the (GOP) Majority has walked away from it."

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., tweeted that even as a member of the committee, he hadn't seen the Republicans' summary of their report.

"Huh. Interesting. I'm on the House Intel Committee and this is the first I've seen of this one pager. And its conclusions," tweeted Himes. He added in a statement that he didn't believe the committee adequately answered important questions in the Russia investigation and did not interview all witnesses necessary "to write a full and accurate report."

Republicans Ending House Russia Probe Over Democrats' Objections

  Republicans Ending House Russia Probe Over Democrats' Objections Republicans who control the House Intelligence Committee ended an investigation into the 2016 presidential election over intense objections from Democrats, saying they found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives. The committee’s GOP leaders announced their decision on Monday, adding that they plan to release a report soon on their findings. The probe -- originally intended to be bipartisan -- is ending even though an inquiry by Special Counsel Robert Mueller remains underway and at least four people connected to the president’s campaign are facing criminal charges.

The Republicans' conclusion came after the committee interviewed 73 witnesses and reviewed more than 300,000 pages of documents. The Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation is continuing.

"Dear Russia, you're cordially invited back to America this fall. — House Intel Republicans," tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., another member on the panel.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested that Democrats could take other action to circumvent Republicans.

"House Republicans have abandoned their oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people. Democrats will continue to take real, immediate action to secure our democracy," she said.

"While this investigation comes to a hasty and irresponsible end, the House majority cannot shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller, nor the investigation underway in the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence," Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., said Tuesday.

"Someone will find out the full truth eventually, and those of us who care about countering future Russian aggression will not stay silent or inactive," he added. "We will continue to pursue ways to safeguard our elections and protect against future attempts of collusion."

Other Democrats are still pushing for a bipartisan, independent commission.

"I still believe that the Congress should establish a bipartisan, independent commission to answer the questions that the Republican Majority on the House Intelligence Committee are choosing to leave unanswered," said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Outgoing lawyer says Trump approved statement calling for end to Mueller probe .
Outgoing lawyer says Trump approved statement calling for end to Mueller probeJohn Dowd, who resigned Thursday, issued a statement last weekend calling on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation.

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