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GOP Members of House Intel: No Evidence of Collusion

GOP Members of House Intel: No Evidence of Collusion

Republicans on the House intelligence committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

After a yearlong investigation, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway announced Monday that the committee has finished interviewing witnesses and will share the report with Democrats on Tuesday. Republicans and Democrats on the panel are unlikely to come to a bipartisan. This contradicts earlier findings from USA intelligence agencies.

"To me, I don't see anything else that's out there that hasn't been explored", Rep. Pete King, a New York Republican, told CNN last week.

The report is also expected to turn the subject of collusion toward the Clinton campaign, saying an anti-Trump dossier compiled by a former British spy and paid for by Democrats was one way that Russians tried to influence the election. Republicans would likely accuse Democrats of partisanship if the Russian Federation investigation was reopened.

The committee's traditional bipartisanship began unraveling in the spring of a year ago, when Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., took a secret trip to White House grounds to review information gathered by unnamed sources purporting to show that President Trump was under surveillance by the Obama administration during the 2016 campaign. Several witnesses including Bannon and White House Communications Director Hope Hicks curtailed their testimony and refused to answer questions about their time in Trump's White House. However, the Justice Department confirmed in a court filing in September that there was no evidence that Trump Tower was targeted for surveillance.

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There are still two committees in the Senate that are investigating Russia's 2016 election meddling: the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

Even while he had stepped aside, Nunes upset Democrats by continuing to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses. Those inquiries are likely to continue.

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.

The move comes before Democrats have a chance to seize control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. It will also show a pattern of Russian attacks on European allies - information that could be redacted in the final report. Unlike Mueller's, congressional investigations aren't criminal but serve to inform the public and to recommend possible legislation.