House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) announced the end of the committee’s investigation into collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign operation and Russia.
“We’ve found no evidence of collusion,” Conaway told reporters Monday. He noted that their probe found “some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment at taking meetings”
The findings are part of a 150-page draft report that will probably be made to the public in a few weeks.
“But only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, meetings, whatever, and weave that into some sort of a fiction, page-turner spy thriller,” Conaway said. “We’re not dealing in fiction, we’re dealing in facts, and we found no evidence of any collusion.”
— Mike Conaway (@ConawayTX11) March 12, 2018
Adam Schiff, the Democrats’ ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, slammed the decision.
BREAKING: GOP just shut down House Intel investigation, leaving questions unanswered, leads unexplored, countless witnesses uncalled, subpoenas unissued.
If Russians have leverage over the President, GOP has decided that it would rather not know. The minority’s work continues: pic.twitter.com/oOf13n75Vo
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 12, 2018
President Trump tweeted about this decision on Monday night.
THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
While Democrats and liberals were quick to accuse House Republicans of putting “party above country,” the truth is that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but conducted an investigation into the Trump-Russia collusion theory anyway.
The House investigation interviewed 73 witnesses.
During the year-long probe, both (former Intel Committee Chair) Devin Nunes and Schiff became household names. After Trump wrote the controversial tweet on how Obama allegedly “wiretapped” him, Nunes came out and pointed out “unmasking” abuses from Obama officials such as Susan Rice.
Earlier this year, Nunes released a memo that revealed potential FISA abuses.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are still investigating the Trump-Russia collusion theory.