USA intelligence committee probe finds no Trump-Russia collusion

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

"While the committee found that several of the contacts between Trump associates and Russians - or their proxies, including WikiLeaks - were ill-advised, the committee did not determine that Trump or anyone associated with him assisted Russia's active measures campaign", the Republicans wrote. Republicans announced the major findings last month.

Trump quickly claimed vindication Friday morning on Twitter, writing, "Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released".

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

House Republicans have joined President Trump for months now in trying to raise concern, if not outright alarm bells, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is inept, biased and even corrupt.

The congressman emphasized its "time for the special counsel investigation to end".

Despite receiving a lot of information from the intelligence community, the GOP did not like how officials heavily redacted the documents.

The report criticized intelligence officials, saying they leaked information before and after the election that installed Trump as president.

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".

Their conclusions are certain to be attacked by Democrats on the committee, who have accused the Republicans of prematurely closing the investigation and failing to conduct it with the rigor that the subject called for out of a desire to protect President Trump.

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How this contradicts the intelligence community: Mueller appears to still be investigating all of this. The committee's investigation found that as the FBI received information, it "was inconsistent in timeliness and quality" when it came to notifying victims and oversight committees.

Legal experts say there is plenty of evidence out there that is worth considering. Photo via U.S. Capitol.

The former chair of the Trump campaign has also been indicted as well as his deputy.

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.

The Trump Tower in NY.

The report included the caveat that other investigations, including that of special counsel Robert Mueller, might have access to facts that the committee could not obtain. It also said both the Trump and Clinton campaigns had exercised poor judgment considering Russia's role.

Questioned about it during a joint news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said, "We were honored".

"That assessment doesn't pass the most basic smell test and is completely unmoored from reality", said Jens David Ohlin, a vice dean at Cornell Law School. The fact that Republicans are claiming otherwise risks undermining their argument about why the intelligence community is wrong on Russian Federation.

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