The partisan divide in American politics worsened on Friday after a Republican-dominated Congressional panel released a redacted version of their final report of a year-long probe into Russia's alleged influencing of the 2016 US Presidential election that absolved the Trump campaign of collusion with Moscow and instead trained its guns on the intelligence community and Democrats.
At the same time, the investigation "did find poor judgment and ill-considered actions by the Trump and Clinton campaigns", lawmakers wrote.
He added that the report showed "no collusion" between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign and pointed reporters to a section of the report on election activity by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
With the caveat that a chunk of the report is redacted, legal experts say there are reasons to be skeptical of the conclusion, and here is a big one: Republicans' findings directly contradict the entire US intelligence community on some pretty basic stuff. "No evidence" that the Trump Campaign "colluded, coordinated or conspired with Russian Federation". Clinton campaign paid for opposition research from Russia - Wow!
The Mueller investigation, he said, is "a witch hunt".
The final report reiterated the findings and conclusions made public last month by the committee's Republican majority, according to CNBC. The probe, they insisted, is not over yet. The Committee also found the Trump campaign's periodic praise for and communications with Wikileaks-a hostile foreign organization-to be highly objectionable and inconsistent with USA national security interests.
Despite being cleared by the House panel, the Trump campaign is still under investigation by intelligence and judiciary committees in the Senate, the upper chamber of US Congress.
Trump was questioned about the 243-page report released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee.
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Democrats contest findings of report citing "no evidence" of Trump-Russia collusion during 2016 campaign.
President Trump, speaking Friday alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office, said the report is "strong, powerful, conclusive".
Democrats countered that the report was partisan and incomplete and vowed to continue their own inquiry.
But.maybe now the House Intel Committee can launch an investigation into that! The report says committee staff found "intelligence failings" that undermine that assessment by the FBI, CIA and NSA, though specifics are not detailed and some portions of that section are redacted. When Republicans released a previously classified memo accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation of bias when it got a warrant to spy on former Trump campaign official Carter Page, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - a Trump appointee - said he had "grave concerns" about omissions that "impact the memo's accuracy".
"Notwithstanding the decision by the Majority to end its work and turn its attention to counter-investigations created to serve the President's interests, the Minority's work on the Russian Federation investigation continues.", Schiff said in a statement Friday.
The former chair of the Trump campaign has also been indicted as well as his deputy.
"I will continue to challenge the IC's many unnecessary redactions with the hopes of releasing more of the report in the coming months". The panel also recommended the executive branch "crack down" on leaks by conducting polygraphs.