Republicans leading a Congressional probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election say they've found no evidence of collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.
Nunes said his committee interviewed many dozens of witnesses, including almost everyone involved in Trump's campaign, and they all "testified under oath that they had no contact with the Russians".
After speaking with 73 witnesses and reviewing more than 300,000 pages of documents, a senior Republican on the panel said there was an urgent need to begin making their recommendations known to the public because Americans have already begun voting in midterm elections.
"These members saw the testimony of four intelligence officers appointed by Donald Trump testify before Congress that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the election on behalf of Donald Trump", Scarborough said on Morning Joe.
"Only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could take this series of inadvertent contacts with each other, or meetings or whatever, and weave that into sort of a fiction page-turner, spy thriller", he said.
Lawmakers had been telegraphing that last week's committee interview with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was likely to be the last of dozens conducted since the committee launched its Russian Federation probe last March.
Brian Kilmeade noted that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, said the committee's conclusion is a "tragic milestone" for Congress and it represents another "capitulation" to the executive branch.
Democrats on the panel are expected to release their own report.
"We think the Putin regime is very unsafe for a whole host of reasons", said Nunes. So we have interviewed all these folks.
US intelligence agencies are due to review the draft report and declassify it before it is made available to the public.
Mueller has secured several guilty pleas to criminal offenses, including from former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and foreign affairs adviser George Papadopoulos for lying to USA investigators about their contacts with Russian Federation. We're not saying anything to ask him to stop.
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The Republican report concludes that the Russian government's extensive meddling in the campaign was not meant to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton.
"Was taking the meeting ill-advised? Yes".
"We found no evidence of collusion", Conaway told reporters.
"We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians", they said in a summary of their report.
Mueller's indictment of several Russian nationals and organizations connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian "troll farm" that spread misinformation on social media ahead of the election also made it clear that they were intent on "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump... and disparaging Hillary Clinton". The Clinton campaign and the DNC used a law firm to pay Fusion GPS, which in turn hired Steele.
That these are the key questions is good news for the Trump administration - an admission that no clear-cut evidence of "collusion" has been unearthed. "There [were] some cutouts, so to speak".
The outline further describes a pattern of Russian attacks against US allies in Europe, Russian cyberattacks against USA political institutions "and their use of social media to sow discord".
Despite Trump's typographical assertiveness and some Fox News captions announcing the "Case closed", that is more than a little premature. It will also show a pattern of Russian attacks on European allies - information that could be redacted in the final report.
"The American people want and deserve the facts, which is why Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must be allowed to continue independently".