After more than a year of reviewing materials and interviewing individuals, the House Intelligence Committee has officially closed its investigation into the alleged “Trump-Russian collusion”, with the statement, “We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.”
On Monday, March 12, the House Intelligence Committee released a statement that it has officially closed the investigation into the allegation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Rep. Mike Conaway, who led the investigation, went on Fox News to discuss the committee’s findings. During the interview, the representative said the committee reviewed 300,000 documents and conducted 73 interviews to answer the four questions which the committee sought to answer. The only interview missed was that of Paul Manafort, who was indicted by the Mueller investigation, before the committee had the opportunity to conduct the interview. According to Rep. Conaway, the interview with Manafort was scheduled early on, but along with Rep. Adam Schiff, they decided to reschedule.
According to Rep. Conaway, the committee did not find any evidence of collusion in any of the presidential campaigns. The committee did not find direct evidence of collusion between the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russia.
However, he did suggest that the committee has recommended fuller campaign finance disclosures as the relationship between the Steele Dossier, compiled by a British citizen, the DNC, and Clinton Campaign is questionable. The representative mentioned that those expensenses should not be hidden as “legal fees”.
While Rep. Conaway denied commenting on the Special Counsel investigation, headed by Robert Mueller, he did mention that where the committee did not find evidence of collusion, he does not know if they will either.
The 150-page report draft will contain the answer to the investigation guiding four questions. Along with the report, the report also includes information of how information from Russian sources got to the hands of the Clinton campaign, according to Fox News.
The report is said to be sent to the minority staff of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. After the report goes through the minority staff, it will be released to the public after declassification.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the leader of the minority staff, took to Twitter to express his disagreement with closing the investigation. He accused the GOP of shutting down the investigation, in order to protect the President.
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
Regarding the termination of the investigation, chairman Rep. Devin Nunes has stated that the investigation resulted in recommendations that are aimed to help secure the 2018 elections, which are months away.